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To: The Amiga Community 

From: David A. Ziembicki 

CEO, QuikPak Corporation 



It lias been a while since I wrote to the Amiga Community. As those reading 
this already know, we published a letter welcoming Gateway 2000 and reinforcing our desire 
to continue to support the Amiga as we have in the past. To this end we have met with 
Gateway 2000, proposed various new products including our advertised A4040L, A4060L, 
and A1630. Gateway warned us early on that they are very meticulous in planning and that 
they would need time to review our product proposals and to see how they fit with their 
plans. By the time you read this, we will have met with Gateway 2000 to discuss these and 
other products. 

Many have asked why we are not shipping the new products and have pointed 
out that we have been advertising them for months. The answer is that in order to utilize the 
Amiga chip set and OS, we need to be licensed by the owner of this technology. Gateway 
2000. We are currently in negotiations for such a license and we are hopeful that these 
negotiations will be completed shortly and we can move forward quickly with an exciting line 
of new Amiga products. 

This transition hasn't been without problems. We are aware of the difficulty 
some of you have had in reaching us lately, and of some delay in obtaining support. We 
have addressed the majority of these problems and anticipate that all of you will be satisfied 
with the results. We have changed our Web site and domain name. Our new site is 
QuikPak.com and we have added some new features to enhance customer service and 
make communicating with us easier. Please visit our site often as this along with our adver- 
tising here will be our primary means of keeping the Amiga community up to date. 

Finally, my thanks to all of the loyal QuikPak / Amiga customers. We truly 
appreciate your support. 



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9 New Products 

& other neat stuff 

Amiga Developers' conference, AmiCON Amiga 
Show, Epson, p.OS beta, PM Pro, and more. 

12 Multimedia Branching 
Storyboarding Creation. 

by R. Shamms Morlier 

Amiga multimedia producers need to be able to 
storyboard their ideas, but multimedia 
storyboarding incorporates necessities that 
animation storyboarding lacks — "non-linearity". 

15 Text Effects in Draw Studio 

by R. Shamms Mortier 

Using Draw Studio to customize your text. 

18 Crossing the Line: Poser 2 

by R. Shamms Mortier 

Cross-platform project ideas for the Amiga. 
Creating and animating anatomical models 
with a Mac or a Windows PC for Amiga uses. 

20 Directory Opus 5.6 Magellan 

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Editorial 

FeedBack 

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Midwest Amiga Exposition 




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Midwest Amiga Exposition 

In case you haven't heard, there is 
an Amiga Show in Columbus Ohio on 
November 1 and 2. Yes, this is the 
November issue and you would like 
more notice, but unfortunately, we did 
not get all the particulars for this event 
until this issue. Yet, despite the short 
notice, AmiCON appears to have 
created quite a show. 

Petro Tyschtschenko, President of 
Amiga International, will be on hand 
most of the two days. He wUl be giving 
a presentation on Saturday (final detaOs 
were not avaUable at press time) and he 
will also attend the event on Sunday. 

AmiCON is currently contacting a 
wide array of Amiga companies to get 
them to attend the show. Nova Design 
will repeat their attendance from last 
year. However, this year I hope they 
bring enough product. Last year they 
sold out in the first few hours of the 
show. 

AmiCON wants to make this show 
as big as the Gateway Computer Show 
given by the Gateway Computer Club 
in St. Louis every Spring. While neither 
of these events have grown to the size of 
the Commodore days and the 
AmiEXPOs and World of 
Commodore's, they continue to be 
strong events any Amiga lover should 
attempt to attend if they can get there. 

Developers' Meeting 

Following the strong lead created 
by Kermit WoodaLl of Nova Design at 
the World of Amiga in London and the 
Gateway Computer Show last March, 
Amiga Inc. is sponsoring a Developers' 
conference for the AmiCON show. 
Anyone interested in attending can find 
sign up requirements on-line. 

Amiga Inc. looks to these events as 
a means of bringing the Amiga develop- 
ment community together and to build 
enthusiasm for the Amiga platform. The 
AmiCON event is a trial run for the 
International Amiga Developers' 
Conference Amiga Inc. has planned for 
the Cologne Germany exposition in mid 
November. Cologne's Computer '97 wOl 
be held November 14 through 16 and 
interested Amiga Developers should 
look to the same on-line sign-up 
procedures. 



Be There! 

As I stated before, if you can make 
it to the 1997 Midwest Amiga Exposi- 
tion, please do. We do not often have 
the ability to meet everyone in the 
Amiga community and I know I enjoy 
meeting readers every chance I get. For 
information on the MAE, check out their 
web site at wTww.amicon.org, contact 
Dave Pearce on line at 
dpearce@infinet.com, or call a human at 
(614) 751-0232. 

Amiga Computing and Amazing 

After the announcement that 
Amiga Computing had stopped 
production, I contacted their offices and 
I was able to convince them that 
Amazing Computing would be a good 
alternative publication for their North 
American subscribers. They were 
extremely helpful and I am proud to say 
that Amazing will be offered to anyone 
in North America who still had a 
subscription with Amiga Computing. 

This is exciting news, not only for 
the current subscribers, but also because 
we were able to secure the original 
database of Amiga Computing and 
AmigaWorld subscribers. This means 
that Amazing has an opportunity to 
rebuild the core Amiga user database on 
this continent. However, it also means 
that we will be helping Amiga compa- 
nies create more "junk mail". 

Unfortunately, if we are to regrow 
the Amiga marketplace, it will take the 
focused efforts of the current Amiga 
companies. So, I am asking a very 
special favor. Please, don't discard those 
offers in the mail. Take the time to 
consider their product and decide if you 
need it. 

I personally do not want anyone to 
purchase a good or service they don't 
truly need. However, with the current 
state of the Amiga marketplace, no one 
can afford to ignore a good deal. 



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Dear AC, 

I read your review of 
Adorage (September 97 issue) with 
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discovered this program apparently is 
no longer available in the United 
States. In fact, one dealer told me they 
had not carried Adorage in over a 
year. I even visited ProDAD's website 
for a list of US distributors and was 
unable to find any that carried the 
product. 

I am surprised that your 
magazine included a review of a 
product that has not been available in 
the States for over a year. I realize that 
it takes some time to review software, 
but a whole year is ridiculous. 

Sincerely, 

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We knew at the time of the article that the 
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The Adorage piece was not just a 
review but a tutorial. It has always been 
Ac's policy to provide coverage on the 
tools of the Amiga old or new. There are a 
lot of great Amiga Software packages that 
were once available from developers that 
are now abandoned in mailorder ware- 
houses, dealer shelves, and even swap 
meets. If they work, we feel it a duty to 
show how they can still be incorporated in 
our readers' work. 

Dear AC, 

About the editorial in the September 
Amazing Computing. I remember seeing a 
commercial years ago, long before I had 
or even knew about the Amiga, about the 
boing ball. 

The commercial was in Black&White 
and dealt with some school kids who 
looked like they were in the 50's. The 
commercial said something about 'back 
in the old days everything was in 
Black&White', and then one kid opened 
up his desk and there is a red and white 
boing ball in color. Then the kids that 
played with the ball became colorized, 
but some kids didn't and remained B&W. 

Now looking back at the commer- 
cial, I think that the kids in B&W 
represented the Mac crowd at the time 
and of course the colorized kids was 
Amiga. I didn't know this was a Commo- 
dore commercial, and really I didn't put 
two and two together until I already had 
my second Amiga, and I saw the boing 
ball demo. But maybe it wasn't. I don't 
know if it was. I mean it had to be 
around 1985 or so, when I saw the 
commercial. The thing is I have never 
heard of anyone else mention tfiis 
commercial. Do you remember it? I 
would really like to know. 

Daniel Johnston 

Mr. Johnston, you are absolutely correct. The 
Boing Ball commercial came out in the second 
series (if my memory is accurate) of Commo- 
dore Amiga advertising spots. They also used 
a version of this in their advertising in the 
second or third AmigaWorld magazine and 
elsewhere (unfortunately, not in Amazing 
Computing — we were not a serious magazine 
for the market in Commodore's eyes). 



It ivas not a totally poor marketing 
concept and would have done better if 
Commodore had been successful in keeping the 
brand name in sight. To show you how well 
the ad penetrated the Amiga community, just 
take a look at one of the old Amazing Stories 
from Steven Spielberg. 

Steven Spielberg's first foray into series 
television was Amazing Stories and, like 
SeaQuest DSV years later, the design team 
used Amigas on the set and in post production 
work. The ad you mentioned is parodied in a 
story about a computer artificial intelligence 
program that creates an image of itself. The 
girl plays with a bright red and white boing 
ball which she bounces out of her field to one of 
the engineers (very similar to the television 
ad). 

It is always interesting when an idea 
such as an ad captures the audiences' 
imagination. This year we have seen the 
success of Diet Pepsi's wedding ad, 
Volkswagen's two guys and a chair ad, and, 
some of my personal favorites, got milk ads (I 
love the cookies one). This ability for advertis- 
ing to go beyond its focus and transcend its 
message helps the marketer beyond belief. We 
know Gateway 2000 has been able to do that 
with their PC products. We noiv only hope 
they will do the same for their Amiga Inc. 
division. — ED. 

Dear AC, 

Really enjoy your magazine, 
mostly for the news and useful articles 
on applications in the real world for the 
Amiga. Even with all the instant news 
on the Net, it's nice to see it in print. 

I have to confess, though, that 
I don't even own an Amiga! The 
Amigas have got to go down in price or 
way up in speed to ever have any kind 
of general acceptance in a speed mad 
PC world. Thanks again. 

Sincerely, 
Russell Courtenay 
Emmett, ID 

Thanks for the kind words — now go get an 
Amiga. If the price is high, try an older 
machine. Getting into the Amiga OS is 
more than speed, it is also a new way at 
looking at things. 

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the two day event. Attendees will meet 
with Amiga software and hardware 
companies and special sessions have been 
setup for each day. Petro Tyschtschenko, 
President of Amiga International, will also 
be speaking. 

The event will be held at The Concorse 
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EPSON on Amiga 

Sources at Amiga Inc. have confirmed 
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Amiga since Amiga Inc. was founded. 
Industry observers agree that this is good 
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p.OS PreRelease 

p.OS PreRelease started shipping on 
August 6, 1997. Since its introducfion, this 
new operating system, an innovation 
started on the Amiga platform, gained 
tremendous Interest from the Amiga 
community. With this prerelease every user 
gets the opportunity to take a closer look 
Into the philosophy of p.OS - the operating 
system which will soon be available for the 
Amiga and many other platforms. 

The p.OS PreRelease is a nearly 
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you to become immediately familiar with 
this powerful operating system. 

The features of the p.OS PreRelease 
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windows technology), powerful p.OS shell 
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controlling the DOS, and comfortable 
extras like a history slider and Drag&Drop 
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of files and drives, and Drag&Drop into 
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viewers, sound players, etc.), p.OS-DOS 
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games, fractal demos, creation of anima- 
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viewer which is compatible to 
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blittersoft.wildnet.co.uk/pmpro.htm or on 
Aminet under biz/demo/pmpdemo.lha 

Picture Manager Professional V4 
(PMPro) is a commercial image 
catalogization program with a large 
number of features for creation and 
handling of thumbnail tables. It is a 
database for loading, processing and 
displaying images via SuperView-Library 
and includes an automatic conversion 
function for catalogs of images, which can 
convert images between all file formats 
SuperView-Library supports and more. 
PNPro can also directly scan LHA and LZX 
archives for images. 
PMPro is 49.99£from Blittersoft, 6 Drakes 
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Integrated Teknoiogies Inc. 
Moving 

Integrated Teknoiogies has emnounced 
they are moving to 170 West Westfield 
Ave., Roselle Park, N] 07204, effective 
October 1, 1997. All of the original phone 
and fax numbers will remain the same as 
well as their web site and email address. 

Their new quarters will provide an 
expanded showroom, technical, office and 



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warehouse space to better serve both local 
and mail order Amiga customers. The 
location is only 1/2 mile off of the Garden 
State Parkway, providing easy access to 
North and South Jersey, Staten Island, and 
Eastern PA. Those visiting from the Big 
Apple have an easy route via the Holland 
Tunnel and Routes 1 and 9. Directions will 
be posted on the ITI Web Site at 
www.itigs.com. 

Integrated Teknoiogies, Inc. specializes 
in the repair, sales and services for the 
Amiga family of computers, and hardware 
and software accessories. To meet all of 
your Amiga repair needs, ITI invested in a 
state of the art Surface Mount Technology 
Rework Station. This type of equipment 
which allows repairs to the component 
level of motherboards and other printed 
circuits is normally only found at large 
depot repair facilities. 

In the area of sales. Integrated 
Teknoiogies, Inc. specializes in pre-owned 
Amiga hardware. ITI buys, sells and trades 
most Amiga hardware and third party 
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Ave, Roselle Park, NJ 07204, Voice: 908-245- 
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BLANK EPROMS 

Commlink Development has an- 
nounced the availability of Blank Eproms 
which is compatible with the A500, A600, 
A2000 and the A2500. These EPROMS are 
useful to those who wish to experiment 
with the Amiga computer at the low level 
software or at the hardware level, program 
custom O/S code or write diagnostic tools. 
The EPROMS are U.V. (ultraviolet) 
eraseable and operate at a speed of 150ns or 
faster. The price for the unprogrammed 
EPROM is $19.95 (U.S.) plus shipping, and 
includes a list of compatible device 
programmers (none are Amiga compatible) 
and documentation. These devices will also 
function in the A1200 when used in pairs 
and programmed properly. 
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Multimedia Brandling 
Storyboarding Creation 

by R. Shamms Mortier 

In animation, a storyboard is a layout of the animation's "keyframes", those 
frames in a sequence of images that are seen as important or "key" to the action. 
Storyboarding is an art in itself, a way to lay out the story so that it can be produced 
and created with a clear vision of the way the production will proceed. 

Amiga multimedia producers also need to be able to storyboard their ideas, but 
multimedia storyboarding incorporates necessities that animation storyboarding 
lacks, specifically "non-linearity". An animation for TV or the movies is completely 
linear, that is, the story progresses in a line from start to middle to end. 




Figure 1 . Here's a funny little storyboard for a short 
presentation. It involves just two text screens and has no 
real educational value at all, except to introduce you to the 
process of symbolic storyboarding. 



While animation storyboards, or any production 
storyboard for TV or movie production is linear, multime- 
dia productions, however, are seldom linear. This is because 
they entail what we caU "branching", parts of the presenta- 
tion that reach decision points, places where there is an 
option of how the presentation wUl unfold and where it can 

go- 

At a certain point in a multimedia production, let's say 
one that is made for a CD-ROM title, a question may pop on 
the screen that has several possible answers. Depending 
which answer is selected by the viewer, the story proceeds 
in an alternate direction. 

If a question has three possible answers, there needs to 
be three separate planned routes that continue from that 
point so that the answer and its consequences can be 
explored. One or more of these answers may reach a dead 
end, so the audience is allowed to retrace their steps. 
Another answer or two may wind up at the same place, just 
taking an alternate route to get there. Yet another answer 
may allow the viewer to skip ahead to more advanced 
options, and more decision points. You can readily see that 
the complexity of a multimedia production far outweighs 
that of a standard linear production. 

A multimedia storyboard is laid out like a diagram, and 
is very different from the linear storyboard which is laid 
out... well... linearly, like a comic strip. Multimedia 
storyboarding has roots that go back to the 1960s when CAL 
(Computer Assisted Learning) was first being developed. In 
CAL, a monitor was connected to one or more videodisk or 
tape players. Text would pop to the screen asking multiple 
choice questions. Depending upon what the learner chose as 
answer, the tape or disk player would whir away, taking the 
learner to a video taped or disk-based movie segment, or 
even to a flashing screen and a buzzer that indicated a 
wrong answer. 



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CAL died out, only to resurface 
later as what we now call "multime- 
dia". CAL storyboarding has its roots 
in computer programming. You could 
just as well substitute "go to" and 
other statements for the symbols. 
Multimedia storyboarding is also the 
roots of the theory and practice of Web 
page design. 

Symbols, not Words 

Since multimedia storyboarding 
resembles a diagrammatic chart more 
than a comic strip, and since diagrams 
have long depended upon visual 
symbols as a part of their structure, it 
is no surprise to learn that symbols 
also play an important role in multi- 
media storyboarding. 

It has been said that the human 
mind can recognize concepts struc- 
tured visually about a hundred times 
faster than the same data represented 
by words alone. The important aspect 
of this argument is that first the mind 
and eye have to understand exactly 
what the symbol represents in terms of 
concepts. 

A lot of work has been done 
around what symbols "mean" over the 
years, with a recognition that the 
meaning of a specific symbol is based 
overwhelmingly upon what we have 
come to learn about it as part of our 
cultural heritage, how that symbol or 
like symbols are used in our percep- 
tion of everyday experience. 

There also seems to be some non- 
culturaUy tied common perception of 
certain visual symbols that allows 
them to be understood as "meaning" 
something across all temporal and 
geographical-cultural borders. The 
circle, for instance, relates a general 
conceptual meaning identified 
variously as "wholeness", "complete- 
ness", and "centerdness" by just about 
everybody, no matter the age they live 
in nor their place of origin. 

The important consideration in 
using symbols as elements of multime- 
dia storyboarding is to use those 
symbols that you understand if you 
are going to be doing the finished 
production, or that you can be sure 
that someone else understands if they 
are going to do the finished produc- 




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hon. The best way to do this if the 
storyboard is going to be interpreted 
by someone else is to include a simple 
"symbol key". A symbol key shows 
the symbols visually and explains each 
in a few simple words, thereby 
connecting visual with 
verbal learning. 

Important Symbols in 

Multimedia 

Storyboarding 

Symbols are needed, in 
fact vital, for the following 
diagrammatic purposes 
when creating a multimedia 
storyboard: 

Start Point, Data Screens 
(visual and verbal). 
Decision Nodes (Singular questions, 
decision points, and multiple-choice 
questions). Answers that start new 
exploration paths. End Point(s). 
Addendum data (narration scripts. 



music backdrops, effects like fades and 
wipes, etc.) can either be incorporated 
into Data Screen symbols or have their 
own symbols. I prefer incorporating 
this data because assigning separate 
symbols to addendum information can 




Figure 2. Here is a set of simple 
multimedia storyboard symbols. Note 
that I have colored them according to 
my own preferences. From left top to 
right bottom: Data, Start, Decision, 
Addendum, Stop, and Answers. 



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create an overly complex visual 
diagram. The last needed symbol is for 
a Stop Point. 

A Suggested Symbol Set 

Based upon both the cultural and 
general understanding of visual 
symbols, here is v^fhat I v^fould choose 
to represent the needed diagram data 
(as long as I v^^as the one responsible 
for doing the finished production or 
that my symbol choices v^^ere accept- 
able to the person or group doing the 
final production): 
Start Point- Pentagon 
Data Screen- Rectangle 
Decision Node- Circle 
Answers to New Paths- 
Triangle (Point to 
new path) 
Addendum Data- 
Parallelogram 
(Rectangle with 
skewed sides) 
Stop Point- Octagon 
(a "stop" sign) 

I would also make 
sure that connecting 
paths, with embedded 
directional arrows, 
connected all of the 
progressive data. See the 
accompanying figures for examples of 
different basic multimedia produc- 
tions. 

•AC* 




Figure 3. You can see that increasing a user's choices immediately increases the 
branching complexity. Can you see the question "want $"? Notice that either a yes 
or a no answer tal<es you to the same place, a blind gamble. This is called a 
"forced move". Perhaps you can also see that the ancient art of maze making is 
also connected conceptually to computer programming and to multimedia 
storyboarding. Be sure to avoid "infinite loops" in your storyboards. 




Figure 4. This schematic represents a basic multimedia storyboard with music, 
graphic text, picture slides, and movies. Notice that "location X" refers to a 
pathway to Quit. Multimedia storyboards can get far more complex than this, but 
using symbols to script them out makes the production process a lot clearer. 



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Text Effects in 
Draw Studio 

Using Draw Studio 

to customize and 

enliance your text. 



by R. Shamms Mortier 
Several issues ago, we looked at 
the Draw Studio package from LH 
Publishing in the UK. One of the most 
useful features in Draw Studio is its 
ability to generate effects for text. 
Draw Studio comes with its own set of 
fonts, aptly named for selected British 
towns (and even a typeface called 
"Remington Steele"). If you want to 
add your own fonts to this list, they 
must be PostScript PFB sets. A perfect 
source would be fonts from 
PageStream, which load to this list 
easily. I was also able to add the 
Egyptian Hieroglyphic font sets from 
Deniart Systems, giving me access to 
all of their wonderful symbols as 
targets for Draw Studio manipulations. 

In this article, we will look at a 
few different ways that you can use 
Draw Studio to customize and enhance 
a text block. We will look at the Warp 
Controller, The Rexx Scriptor, and the 
PostScript File Translator. 

The Warp Controller 

As an effects generator, this is a 
place where Draw Studio truly shines. 
The Warp requester allows you to 
apply Skews, Perspectives, Bends, 
Waves, Wedges, and Bulges to selected 
graphics and text. You can determ.ine 
the intensity of the effect by moving a 
slider in a positive or negative direc- 
tion. As an alternative, you can aJso 
select to manipulate an on-screen 
warping envelope, forcing the selected 
graphic or text block to assume a new 
distortion. 

This is one of the best vector 
warping modules I have seen on the 
Amiga, and far outweighs the stan- 
dard envelope warping systems 



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and controls ttiat sliow you Instant previews. 



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Figure 4. Once generated in Draw Studio, 3D conversion can be initiated 
witti Pixel Professional. 



contained in many non-Amiga high 
end DTP programs. It is more intuitive 
to use than similar effects generated by 
the competition. 

Operation is simple and intuitive. 
A preview screen shows you a blocked 
area that represents your selected 
graphic. As you move the control 
slider to apply negative or positive 
adjustments to the selected effect, the 
preview area changes accordingly. 1 
like the Perspective and Wave genera- 
tors the best, but you may find 
yourself devoted to other effects. 
When you apply the effect, your 
selected text block on screen is 
transformed. 

The real magic only begins with 
applying a Warp however. If you 
select Use Envelope in this requester, 
instead of instantly applying the effect 
to the text block, a Bezier area is drawn 
around the selection. This allows you 
to manipulate standard bezier control 
handle for the effect, customizing the 
preset. When ready, simply double- 
click the left mouse button, and watch 
the text block conform to the bezier 
shape. 

ARexx Scripts 

Draw Studio is fully ARexx 
configurable. A library of scripts 
comes with the program. Most are for 
creating vector objects like bursts and 
other shapes, but two are very useful 
applied to text blocks: Hard and Soft 




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Figure 7. The Draw Studio graphic, franstafed and extruded in PIxei Pro, 
loads into Lightwave easily. 




Figure 8. Once translated into a 3D object in Pixel 3D Pro, Draw Studio output can 
be textured and rendered in Lightwave or any other suitable 3D application. 



Shadows. The Soft Shadow effect is 
especially useful, since it creates a very 
believable drop shadow. Text blocks 
targeted for soft shadows should be 
grouped with the shadow prior to 
exporting. They can be exported as 
either vector or bitmap art. 

PostScript File Translation 

When you want to save out your 
Draw Studio creations as non-bitmap 
files, export them as PostScript files. 
This shapes them into vector graphics, 
so they can be imported and used in 
any program that utilizes PostScript 
files. One of my targets was to see how 
they could be imported into 



Lightwave and used as 3D object 
elements. To do this, I had to first feed 
them through Pixel 3D Professional. I 
tested three separate alternatives for 
saving the files, and here are my 
results: 

PostScript (PS) / 
Convert to Curves: 

Works well in PixPro 
Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) / 
Convert to Curves: 

Works well in PixPro 
PostScript (PS) / 
No Curve Conversion: 
Does not work with 
symbol fonts 



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Conclusion: Always select to 
Convert Text to Curves (paths) 
when saving out Draw Studio 
work for 3D applications, espe- 
cially in Pixel Pro. None of these 
files, by the way, would import 
into Lightwave directly without 
Pixel Pro intervention first. 

Bottom Line 

Hopefully, it has been demon- 
strated that Draw Studio is an excel- 
lent companion for creating either 2D 
bitmap or 3D object effects for Amiga 
applications. It is also hoped that Draw 
Studio will find a wide enough market 
so that it continues to be developed, 
since it already has vector and bitmap 
features no other Amiga software 
offers. If you need software that offers 
what Draw Studio does, help support 
a very fine Amiga program and 
purchase a copy of your own. 

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November 1997 



17 



Crossing the Line: 

Cross- Platform project 

ideas for the Amiga 



Poser 2 



Creating and animating anatomical models 
with a IVIac of a Windows PC for Amiga uses. 



As discussed in the September issue of 
Amazing Computing/Amiga, many 
Amiga users also work with Windows and/ 
or Macs, either from software or hardware 
emulators or by having access to non- 
Amiga platforms (or through LAN 
connections). It is important to know 
when, wltere, and how to use the Amiga in 
cross-platform environments. In this 
continuing column, we will look at non- 
Amiga software (and sometimes peripheral 
hardware) to see how it can be incorpo- 
rated into your Amiga projects. 

Anatomical Modeling 

Poser 2, from MetaCreations, is an 
anatomical modeling and animation 
system available to Mac and Windows 
users. If the Gateway Amiga finds its 
way into a PowerPC or Pentium 
environment. Poser 2 may become 
accessible directly from the Amiga 
side. Today, Poser 2 projects have to be 
ported to the Amiga after being 
configured iinder a Mac or Windows 
umbrella. At the end of this article, we 
will suggest ways that this can be 
accomplished. Right now, let's look at 
what Poser 2 is and what it does. 



by R. Shamms Mortier 
Poser 2 

MetaCreations (formerly Fractal 
Design) developed the Poser applica- 
tion to fill the need of digital artists 
and animators to create realistic 
anatomical characters. Poser figures 
can be adjusted and manipulated into 
a pose which can be animated as a 
stand alone actor, or in association 
with other Poser figures. Poser 2 has 
an easy to understand interface for 
creating and adjusting the posed 
figures, as well as an easy to under- 
stand animation timeline interface. 

The interface for Poser 2 contains 
four control windows in addition to 
the composition window (where the 
models are actually posed for render- 
ing): Parameter Dials, Tools, Library, 
and Animation Controls. The Param- 
eter Dials Window features interactive 
"dials" that adjust selected body parts 
of a posed figure or other imported 
elements in the composition window 
(resizing on any axis, orientation, 
movement, and tapering). The dials 
can be set to target poser body parts, 
the whole figure, the viewing cameras, 
and the three scene lights. 




Figure 1 . The 
Poser 2 interface, 
showing a figure 
to be exported as 
a DXF object. 



The Tool Window displays a set of 
icons for adjusting posed elements, 
whole figures, cameras, and lights. 
Tools work in conjunction with 
Parameter Dials. The Poser Library 
Window allows you to load and save 
any of the four Poser elements: Poses, 
Bodies, Cameras, and Lights. A 
collection of presets is also included in 
each category. And lastly, the Anima- 
tion Controls Window lists every 
element that makes up a scene so that 
key frames can be set either globally or 
part by part. 

Extensive Poser 2 Features 

Poser 2 allows you to import 
Wavefront, 3DMF, DXF, and Fractal 
DetaUer objects that can be used to 
replace any selected body part. This 
allows you to release Poser's human 
heads with that of a selected animal 
model, which is great for creating 
things like Minotaurs. 

Any selected Poser element can be 
made invisible. This allows you to 
animate the remaining elements as 
stand-alone figures. 

Imported object elements can be 
glued to selected Poser body parts, so 
that horns, wings, swords, clothing, 
and other object paraphernalia can 
move in conjunction with the body 
part in an animation. 

Poser's Animation timeline 
controller is very simple to operate. 
Keyframing works by selecting a frame 
in a sequence and moving an element 
of the model on the composition 
screen. Keyframes can be added and 
deleted. 

Inverse Kinematics can be set for 
either or both arms and legs. This 
glues the extremities (hands and feet) 
in place, so that moving elements 
higher up in the chain gives an 
animation a more organic look. 



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Textures map to Poser 2 models 
with Implicit (parametric) Mapping, 
making them seamless in appearance 
as the model moves. Poser 2 can also 
translate any selected texture file to a 
Bump Map. 

You can import either graphics or 
suitable movie files as Poser 2 back- 
grounds. 

You can render Poser 2 graphics 
or animations as silhouettes, outlines, 
wireframes, hidden line, lit wireframe, 
flat shaded, smoothed renders, or fuU 
textured renders with customized sizes 
and DPI settings to screen or disk. 

Poser 2's Figure Types include 
male and female nudes, business 
suited, casual dress, skeletons, and 
stick figures. Figure heights include 
baby, toddler, child, juvenile, adoles- 
cent, ideal adult, fashiion model, and 
heroic model. From these basics, you 
can create every body type imaginable 
(and some you can't imagine). 

Hand types include twenty poses, 
from relaxed to gnarled to the peace 
sign. 

Amiga uses for Poser 2 

Since Poser 2 writes out DXF files, 
you can use Pixel Professional to 
import the DXF models and write 
them out again as LightWave or 
VideoScape models (which Aladdin 
4D can then use). The Poser 2 models 
can be written out with separate body 
parts that can be moved into various 
positions in an Amiga 3D program for 
animation. DXFs can also be exported 
as single model files, so you can use 
LightWave bones for the animation 
controls. 



Figure 2. The 
same DXF object, 
as in Figure 1, has 
been exported to 
and rendered in 
Lightwave 
(the DXF was 
translated into a 
LWO object In 
Pixel Pro). 



Poser 2 animations can be written 
out as single frame PICT of BMP files. 
This allows you to use ImageFX's 
excellent translation features to 
transform them into IFF single frame 
files, which can then be compiled into 
an animation file. 

Poser 2 movies can be used as a 
backdrop in your Amiga animations. 
You can also render them to a 2D 
plane in LightWave, Aladdin 4D, or 
other Amiga 3D programs, and drop 
out the background color. This will 
make the animation look like a 3D 
animation in the selected Amiga 
environment. 

Poser 2 graphics and animation 
single frames can be image processed 
in Nova Design's ImageFX power- 
house, adding all sorts of fancy effects. 

Poser 2 System Requirements 

To create figures in Poser 2, you 
have to have access to one of the 
following platforms, or an Amiga 
emulator that can handle these 
configurations: 

Mac: '040 based processor with 
FPU or PowerMac, System 7.5 or later, 
12+ MB of RAM (16+ recommended), 
hard drive with 20 MB free, color 
display (24-bit recommended), CD- 
ROM drive. 

Windows: 486DX, Pentium or 
Pentium Pro, Windows 95 or Windows 
NT, 16 MB RAM (20+ recommended), 
hard drive with 20 MB free, color 
display (24-bit recommended), CD- 
ROM drive. 

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Directory Opus 5.6 Magellan 

GPSoftware's Directory Opus can 

bring your Amiga Workbench into 

an entirely new reality. 

By William Near 



Magellan sails again! 

If there has been one thing Amiga owners could count 
on during these trying times, it has to be GPSoftware's 
relentless upgrading of Directory Opus. What started out as 
a single-tasking, dual-windowed directory utility, has now 
blossomed into a multi-threaded, multiple-windowed, 
Workbench Replacing, directory utility extraordinaire — 
even that is putting it mildly! 

The latest version of Directory Opus is 5.6 Magellan. 
This is much more than a simple bug-fix and superficial 
rework. Many of DOpus' features have been eniianced to 
allow easier access, configurability, and power. There is an 
abundance of new features too. 

So, just as the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand 
Magellan, and his crew, were the first to sail around the 
world back in the sixteenth century, you too can be one of 
the first to navigate your Amiga via the twentieth-century 
incarnation of Directory Opus named after the famous 
navigator. Pay no attention to the fact that old Ferdinand 
was killed on his famous voyage — you'll find this voyage 
much less life-threatening. 

Newlcons 

To begin with, Magellan now comes with built-in 
support for Newlcons. You can now enable Newlcons' 
support with a click of a mouse button, or even discourage 




Here is an Icon-action Magellan Lister. The fuel-gauge is 
present, along witti the lock and iconify gadgets, Status Bar 
(which shows the number of directories, files, and bytes that 
are selected from the total number available). Lister 
Command and Device pop-up menu gadgets, toollxir, and 
editable directory path line. 



the use of Newlcons if you come across any and you don't 
currently use them on your machine (but, why wouldn't 
you want to?) There are also options to dither the images 
down to the number of colors you are currently using and 
you can select the pen precision too (you can also do this 
from the Newlcons' Prefs program). There is support for 
using Newlcons' images for all system images and in your 
button banks. 

Additionally, you can turn off icon borders on a global 
or individual basis, the accidental movement of an icon's 
posihon whUe double-clicking it has been remedied, and the 
ability to spUt long icon names into two lines has also been 
added. An area of the Magellan screen can even be defined 
that designates where newly appearing icons will be placed, 
and with what priority. 

Magellan offers a new icon Information requester with 
extensive pulldown menus for: icon border (on or off), icon 
label (on or off), display Newlcon image, display original 
icon image, strip Newlcon image, and strip original icon 
image from the current icon. The icon's complete path is 
also shown within a window In the Information requester. 

A new Command Icon option has been implemented In 
Magellan. You can now define a command and have an icon 
automatically assigned to the command and left-out on 
your Desktop. By clicking on this command icon, the 
specified command will be executed. 



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Magellan also offers a name-mode Lister that contains all of 
the features of the icon-action Lister, plus a Status gadget 
(this shows what mode the Lister is in: SRCE, DEST, or OFF.) 
Clicking on any of the user-specified Lister Field Titles above 
the file list window will automatically sort the Lister's contents 
in ascending or descending order according to that field, 
i.e., NAME, SIZE, DATE, etc.) 



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Left. This is the Environment requester. Most of 
Magellon's functionality is controlled from 
here. 



Environment 

The Environment GUI has been enhanced to allow 
greater control over DOpus' configuration. Finally, DOpus 
has the ability to display any image as the Desktop back- 
drop. Lister and Group windows, and Requesters, provid- 
ing you have the appropriate Datatype for the specified file 
type. 

The Hidden Drives list has been reworked so that when 
you enter the Environment GUI a device's entry will not be 
deleted upon resetting, even if that device is not always 
mounted. You can now set the Lister's default size and 
position, colors, fonts, and status bar text from a separate 
Environment area. 

There are two new features available in Listers that I 
find quite useful. The first feature is the ability to do in-line 
editing of a file's name, comment, date, and protection bits, 
from a name-mode Lister. To accomplish this feat, click the 
mouse button(s) that you specify and a cursor will appear 
on the line of the selected file. By moving the cursor with 
the cursor keys, you can directly edit any of the aforemen- 
tioned attributes without pulling up a single requester! 
Hitting the Return key will execute the changes you've 
made immediately. The second feature is a Free Space 
Gauge option that adds a fuel-gauge to Listers that shows 
the free space available in relation to the used space on the 
specified device. The color of the gauge can also be ad- 
justed. 

Desktop Folder 

Magellan introduces a new twist on the old left-out 
icon routine. Instead of just placing a reference to the file or 
drawer on the Workbench, as the original Workbench does, 
Magellan takes this a step further by actually leaving the 
real file or drawer's icon out on the Workbench (when in 
Workbench Replacement mode), or on the Magellan main 
screen. You must exercise caution when deleting a file or 
drawer from the Desktop Folder because the actual file or 
drawer will be completely erased from your hard drive or 
other device. 

There are two main ways to move files or drawers to 
the Desktop Folder. The first method is to right-click on the 
file or drawer's icon to activate the pop-up menu and then 
select the Copy/To Desktop option. The second method is 
to drag 'n' drop a file or drawer's icon to the Desktop, 
thereby causing a pop-up menu to appear (if enabled). The 
pop-up menu gives you four options: make the icon a 
normal left-out (just like Workbench does), copy the icon to 
the Desktop (leaving a copy in the original location too), 
move the icon to the Desktop (this will physically move the 
icon to the Desktop, and is the option that requires the most 
care when deleting), or Cancel. 




Magellan's FTP Address Book can be used to store your 
favorite sites for easy double-click access, (bottom) From the 
Site Details' requester, you can edit your entries in the Address 
Book. 



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This is Magellan's enhanced Icon Information requester. From 
here you have access to the usual information, plus control 
over Newlcons' attributes on an individual basis, and the 
icon's physical location is also shown (note: the pop-up 
menu is covering the icon's protection bit area in this 
example.) 




Magellan even sports a colorful, graphical device Information 
window. 



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This is Magellan displaying a Start menu for my Internet clients 
while in Workbench Replacement mode. I made this simple 
menu, with subitems, by drag 'n' dropping my Internet drawer 
into the Start menu editor. 




Magellan's Options' requester handles most of the file 
management settings, along with some cosmetic duties. 

You can define the default action for a Desktop Folder 
operation (Create Left-Out, Copy to Desktop, Move to 
Desktop, or None) from the Environment requester. The 
default action will automatically occur whenever you drag 
an icon to the Desktop, or you can enable the pop-up menu 
so that it appears every time to ask you what you'd like to 
do with the icon in question. 

FTP Anyone? 

The FTP module has undergone extensive reworking. 
More efficient memory usage by the module has resulted in 
faster remote directory listings and transfers that are up to 
five times faster than before. Direct transfer between remote 
sites has also been implemented, so you can copy or drag 'n' 
drop files between remote machines. 

The FTP Address Book has been updated so that 
double-clicking on an entry will automatically connect to 
that site, or you can single-click on an entry and then delete 
or edit it. In addition, a NOP function has been added to 
help keep sites active with an idle timer mechanism. This 
will allow you to stay connected without actually doing 
anythdng at the site; thus eliminating time-outs. 

Start Menus 

While Start Menus were a semi-hidden feature of 
DOpus 5.5, and not that easy to work with, they are now a 
full-featured addition to Magellan. For those of you 
unfamiliar with Start menus, they appear as a single button 
on the Desktop and have pop-up menus attached to them. 

A Start menu can be created by drag 'n' dropping a 
directory onto the Start menu editor. This will create a pop- 



up menu containing all of the items within that directory. 
Drag 'n' dropping files onto a Start button will add them to 
the existing pop-up menu. For those of you who don't like 
to drag 'n' drop files and directories, you can create a Start 
menu the old fashioned way — by manually editing the 
menu items from the requester. You can add an image to 
any of the Start menu's items, and submenus are available 
too. A Start menu or two can most certainly save precious 
space on crowded Desktops. 

A face-lift for Workbench. 

1 can only think of two pieces of software that will 
enhance your Amiga computing experience immensely: 
Workbench 3.1 and Directory Opus Magellan in Workbench 
Replacement mode. Using Magellan in this mode is like 
having a new version of Workbench installed, your produc- 
tivity and ease-of-use will at least triple. Just being able to 
do more than one Workbench operation at a time is well 
worth the price of admission. There's nothing like being 
able to format a disk, copy files from one device to another, 
and launch your favorite application(s), all at the same time 
— no more waiting for a busy pointer to return to normal 
before doing anything else. 

1 would not recommend using Workbench Replace- 
ment mode if you have a slow Amiga, or if you're short on 
RAM. Magellan does require some resources, but if you 
have at least an '030 and an extra 2 MBs of RAM to spare, by 
all means go for it! Having a graphics card is not a necessity, 
but it will make your computing experience faster and more 
colorful, and at a higher resolution to boot. 

One final note, you can always boot your computer 
back to the normal Workbench mode by holding down the 
shift key as it reboots. This will execute your standard 
loadwb command, instead of the DOpus Workbench 
Replacement mode's loadwb command. 

Etcetera 

Directory Opus Magellan also includes several other 
bonuses. Here are just a few of them: 

Improved CyberGraphX support will be a boon to all 
you graphics card owners out there. The CyberGraphX 
enhancements include; faster icon dragging and display 
speed routines (even with 24-bit backdrops), a rewritten 
Text viewer that allows faster access to your data and better 
scrolling on CyberGraphX screens. 

The compatibility with MUI, MCP, Datatypes, and 
many more programs has been greatly improved. Now 
there is full Newlcon image support for Buttons and 
Images, plus better animation file support for DPaint IV and 
PPaint AnimBrushes. 

Final Words 

I am impressed with the latest incarnation of Directory 
Opus and I wouldn't be caught computing without it. In my 
estimation, its use as a Workbench replacement is invalu- 
able. As a longtime supporter of Directory Opus, I can only 
say that each new release never ceases to amaze me with its 
new features and configurability. 

GPSoftware 

PO Box 570, Ashgrove, Brisbane 

Australia 4060 

Phone/Fax: +61 7 33661402 

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CDTV 


$95.00 plus parts 


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$65.00 plus parts 


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Lightwave 5.5 Upgrade Intel 


469.95 


Video Toaster 4.1 Upgrade CD 


499.95 


Video Toaster 4000 


2079.95 


Video Toaster Ryer 


4195.00 



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A2000 300W Power Supply $149.00 

Megalosound 57.95 

Pro Midi 42.95 

A2000 Replacement Power Supply 109.00 

Big Foot CD-32 Power Supply 79.95 

Squirrel SCSI-2 PCMCIA Card 94.95 

SufI Squirrel PCMCIA Card 139.95 

Tlie Siamese System 2.0 RTG 369.95 

Buddha EIDE Z2 Controller M.95 

CAt Weasel Z2 139.95 

DataFlyer CDS-XDS 89.95 





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1Mb Agnus 8372A 


$34.95 


Super Denise 8373 


29.95 


CIA 8520 Chip 


11.95 


Paula or Denise Chip 


16.95 


Lisa IC 


39.95 


Alice IC 


39.95 


Eproms2630Rev7 


36.95 


Eproms2091 Rev 7 


34.95 


1.3 ROM Chip 


13.95 


2.04 ROM Chip 


22.95 


2.05 ROM Chip 


26.95 


Guru ROM V6GVPA500 series 


71.95 


GuruROMGVPorA2091(Spec) 


63.95 


W.D. SCSI Chip Rev 8A 


32.95 


CIA 6520 Sufl. Mount Chip 


23.50 


Super Buster Rev 1 1 


29.95 


Ramsey Rev 7 


29.95 


Paula Suflace Mount 


42.95 


Super Dmac Rev 4 


42.95 


Bridgette 


29.95 


Video DAC 


24.95 


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BlgFool 200W P.S.-A500-600-1 200 $84.95 

Commodore A500 Power Supply 49.95 

A500 Internal Replacement Drive 44.95 

Saturn External Floppy Drive 880K 89.00 

A501 RAM Expansion Board 33.95 

AlfaPower Plus 159.00 

AlfaPower Plus Other Conligs Call 



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Blizzard 1260 Tuit>o Board 
Blizzard 12x0 SCSI Module 
Blizzard 603e PowerPC 175Mz 



$199.95 
649.95 
129.95 
569.00 
729.00 



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Blizzard 2040 T/ERC wySCSI ,59 9, 
Blizzard 2060 w/SCSI 92900 

Blizzard 2604e PowerPC 150Mz io29 00 
Blizzard 2604e PowerPC 180Mz 113900 



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279.95 

189.95 

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Blizzard 2604e PowerPC 200Mz 
CyberGraphx Soltware 
Cybervision 64 3D 4Mb 
MPEG Decoder for CV64 3D 
Scan Ooubler Switch for CV64 SD^^g^^ 
Cyberstorm 040/40 Mk2 749 05 

Cyberstorm 080 Mk2 3000/4000 ,3995 
Cyberstorm SCSI 699 00 

Cyberstorm PowerPC 150Mz 999 00 
Cyberstorm PowerPC ISOMz 109900 
Cyberstorm PowerPC 200Mz 



GVP'M 



DSS 64 3.0 Software $94.95 

DSS 64 3.0 Upgrade Software 29.95 

I/O Extender - 2 Serial, 1 Par (14.95 

A1291 SCSI Module 99.95 

A1200SCSkRAM33Mz 134.95 

G-Lock Genlock NTSC 349.95 

G-Lock Genlock PAL 364.95 

A4000 OesMop Board B99.95 

A2000T-Rex Board 849.95 

A2000 Combo Board 399.95 

A4008 Controller Card 1 29.95 

2Mb Increment 34.00 

Original GVP maile SIMMs 

for all oilier GVP boariis: 

4Mb - $69.95 

16Mb - $139.95 



Modems 
& Internet 

Sportter 56K x2 Fax Modem $224.95 

Supra Expr's 33.6 V34 FAX Modem 119.95 

Supra Expreis 56K x2 Modem 189.95 

Supra FAX Modem 33.6 V34 184.95 

Sportter 33.6 FAX Modem 159.95 

Prac. Perlph. 14.4 FAX Modem 59.95 

JR Comm Terminal Soltware 5.00 

Tennlta 39.95 

Termite TCP 41 .95 

GP Fax Software - Clau 1 & 2 49.95 

Help Amiga Get On I'net Video 34.95 

IBrowiel.1 41.95 

AWeb 3 w/HTML-Heaven 41.95 



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Village Tronic 


Main Actor Broadcast 


$169.95 


Ariadne 


239.95 


Ami TCP/IP v4.x 


89.95 


Picassoto 1080/1084 Cable 


34.95 


Liana Network 


76.95 


Liana Networi( 5M 


86.95 


Pli»iio 4 


439.95 


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Scanners 

Epson Action Scanner 2, 1200 DPI $319.95 
Epson ES1000 Scanner, 1600 DPI 559.95 
Mustek Scanner 259.95 

ScanQuix 3 Scanner Software 114.95 

Video Products 

PersonalAnlm. Recorder, Amiga Call 

Personal TBC 4 $829.00 

Vldi Amiga 24 RT Pro 299.95 

Grafliti Graphics Box 99.95 

Video Magician 289.00 

Super Scan 159.95 

Super Scan Flicker Fixer 134.95 

Expansion Systems 

DataFlyer XDS 600/1 200 $79.95 

DataFlyer SCSi-f 1200 79.95 

DataFlyer 2000s SCSI 89.95 

DataFlyer 2000e IDE 79.95 

DataFlyer CDS-XDS 89.95 

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Mitsumi 4X SCSI CD-ROM Drive 
Internal model $79.95 
External model $129.95 

Pioneer 12X SCSI CD-ROM Drive 
Internal model $149.95 
External model $209.95 

Tosliiba 12X SCSI CD-ROM Drive 
Internal model $149.95 
External model $209.95 

Sony CDU-926S 6x Reail/2x WrIle 
Recorilable SCSI CD-ROM Drive 
Now you can inexpensively 
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Internal model $379.95 
External model $459.95 



Apollo 


A500/2000 




2Mb Chip RAM Board 


$154.95 


A600 




630/33MZ 68030 


$189.95 


630/50MZ 68030 


234.95 


A12B0 




1260/50MZ 66060 


$569.95 


1240/25MZ 68040 


299.95 


1240/33MZ 68040 


339.95 


1240/40MZ 68040 


369.95 


1230/50MZ 66030 


194.95 


123W40MZ 68030 


174.95 


1230 Lite 25Mz CPU t FPU 


119.95 


1200 SCSI Module 


99.95 


Cat Weasel Adv. Floppy Conti. 


114.95 


A2000 




2030/25MZ 68030 w/SCSI 2 


$239.95 


2030/50Mz6«030 w/SCSI 


289.85 


ASOOOmOBT 




306O/50MZ 68060 W/SCSI 2 


$679.95 


AmomoooT 




4060/50Mz68060w/SCSl2 


$649.95 


CAt Weasel lor A4000 


114.95 


C032 




SX32 


$229.95 


SX32Pro030/33Mz 


399.00 


SX32Pro030/50Mz 


439.00 



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Zip Drive SCSI External 


$159.95 


100Mb Removable Disk 


15.95 


100Mb Disks (3Pack) 


44.95 


Zip/Jaz Tools Soltware 


24.95 


Jaz Drive, 1Gb internal 


309.95 


Jaz Drive, 1Gb external 


409.95 


1Gb removable disk 


89.95 


1Gb rem. disks -5 Pack 


424.95 


3.5Mb Super XL Ext. Drive 


209.95 


Power Computing 1.76 XL Ext. 


134.95 


All Hard Drives 


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$539.95 

A1200 w/260Mb HD Magic Pack 
$649.95 

220 Volt PAL models an 
available ■ Please Call 

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A2500 -$94.95 

AS330 3.1 Kit for all ASOOOs 
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AS340 3.1 Kit for all A4000s 
$106.95 

AS312 3.1KitforallA1200s 
$106.95 

AS306 3.1 Kit for all A600s 
$94.95 

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A2000 (Specify) $37.95 

3.1 ROMsetlorA3000,A4OOO, 

A1200 (Specify) 51.95 

3.1 Manuals & Disks (no ROM) 56.95 



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A600 

A6OO w/65Mb Seagate HD 
installeil - $299.95 

A600 w/Software 
$239.95 

A601 1Mb Chip RAM w/Cloci( 
$69.95 



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A4000T 

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$2599.00 

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$1899.00 



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High Density Drives 

MOQQ, or MOOOJ- $109.95 

A2000 series - $114.95 

A1200 series - $114.95 

NEW Amirade External High 
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input Devices 




MIndscape Powerp layers Joystick 


$9.95 


The Bug Joystick. 


18.00 


Alia Data 2 Button Mouse, 300 DPI 


19.95 


Alfa Data Mega Mouse, 400 DPI 


26.95 


Alfa Data 3 Button Mouse 


27.95 


Wizard 560DPI Black 3 But Mouse 


24.95 


Wizard 560DPI Beige 3 But Mouse 


24.95 


C8M CD-32 Joypad 


14.95 


Logic 3 Action Joypad 


19.95 


Golden Image JP-100 Pen Mouse 


19.95 


Amirac Trackball 


69.95 


Golden Image Trackball 


49.95 


WICO Black Max Joystick 


7.95 


PawsTrac MicroTrackball 


49.95 


4 Player Joystick Adapter 


12.95 


KB100 Adapter for AT Keyboard 


49.95 


Wacom ATtZ-2 12x12 Talilet 


569.00 


Topolino PC Mouse Adapter 


42.95 



MIcronIk 
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laOOTI Inllnitiv computer 649.95 

1400TllnllnHiv computer 849.96 
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Cobra 1240 33MzRC CPU 149.95 

Cobra 1240 40Mz EC CPU 169.95 

Ferret SCSI-2 Cobra/Mongoose 84.95 
FPU and RAM prices Call 

SpilFire SCSI2 Controller 79.95 

RapldRre SCSI2/RAM Controller 139.95 
WildFire 060 50Mz for A2000 1 279.00 
Inferno PCI Graphics Card for WF Call 
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Tlie Clock A1 200 17.95 



This Old Workbench: Episode 1 1 



A New Face for an Old Friend 

Magellan and MBench 
Amiga Workbench Alternatives 

by Dave Matthews 

Since beginning in "This Old Workbench", I have covered many programs 

v^hich v^ere designed to complement the Amiga's Workbench. Well, here 

are two programs aiming to replace the Amiga's Workbench entirely: 

Directory Opus Magellan, and MBench. 




Figure 1 (Top). Magellan's Workbench Replacement. 
Figure 2 (Bottom). Magellan Display Mode Settings. 



Directory Opus Magellan 

Short: Workbench replacement 

Author: GP Software 

Version: 5.65 

Commercial, ~$80 

Website: http://www.gpsoft.com.au/index.html 

Directory Opus (DOpus), from GP Software, has a long 
and storied history with the Amiga. Starting out as a file 
manager, each new version brought enhanced power and 
flexibility, and pleased long time users and newbies alike. 
When version 5 of DOpus shipped, however, the happy 
family of users was divided. People, it seemed, either loved 
it, passionately, or they hated it, passionately. 

DOpus 5 was no mere upgrade, but rather a complete 
redesign, with a completely different look and feel. Moving 
beyond the two window, source and destination, file 
manager paradigm, DOpus became a complete Icon and 
Window GUI system in its own right. DOpus managed to 
not only mimic the Amiga's own Workbench, it could 
actually be used to replace it. With additional features like 
multi-threaded operations (copying a file from one window 
to another won't lock everything up until the copying is 
done), enhanced "show as text" display of files, and the 
powerful and flexible file operations carried over from 
earlier versions, many users have indeed replaced their 
long suffering "loadwb" command with the DOpus 
version. Others, to be sure, found the new DOpus so 
monumentally different from what they were used to, and 
what they expected, not to mention consuming much larger 
amounts of hard drive and RAM, as to be unusable. 

A full review of Directory Opus Magellan (here after 
referred to as Magellan) I will leave to more capable and 
experienced hands than myself. Since Magellan can act as a 
replacement Workbench, and particularly since some long 



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14.95 


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17 Bit Continuation CD 


14.95 
12.95 


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18.95 
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17Blt&LS0Comp. 1,2(Spec) 


12.95 


Light ROM Gold 


24.95 


17 Bit & LSD Comp. 3 


22.95 


Magic Publisher 


49.95 


1078 Weird Tenures 


19.95 


Magic Wo/kbench Enhancer 


26.95 


3000 JPEG Textures 


22.95 


Maximum MODs Volume 1 


25.95 


A Long Hard Day on the Ranch 


9.00 


Meeting Pearts 3 or 4 (Specify) 


13.95 


Advanced Military Systems 


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Mick Davis' Cartoon Clipart 


Call 


AGA Experience 


24.95 


Micro R&D Volume 1 


25.00 


AGA Experience 2 


14.95 


Micro R&D Volume 2 


40.00 


AGA Experience 3 


24.95 


Micro RSD Vol 3 or Vol 4 (Specify) 


14.95 


AGA Toolkit 97 


17.95 


Micro R&D Volume 5 


44.00 


Amiga CD Sensation 1 - Demos 


15.95 


MODS Anthology 


36.95 


Amiga CD Sens. - Golden Games 


15.95 


Movie Maker Special FX 1 


44.95 


Amiga Developer CD vl.1 


17.95 


Moving Gives Me a Stomach Ache 


9.00 


Amiga Emulator lor PCs 


32.95 


Moving Textures 100. 200 (Spec) 


239.00 


Amiga Repair Kit 


45.95 


Mud Puddles 


10.00 


AmlNetShare4 


7.50 


Multimedia Backdrops 


24.95 


AmlNet Set 1 Of 2 (Specify) 


32.95 


Multimedia Toolkit 


10.95 


AmlNetSet3or4(Specify) 


37.95 


Multimedia Toolkit 2 (2CDs) 


26.95 


AmlNet Set 5 NEW 


37.95 


Music MODS & Sound Samples 


8.95 


AmlNet 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (Specify) 


17.95 


NetNews Offline 1 or 2 (Specify) 


16,95 


AmlNet 13, 14, 15 (Specify) 


17.95 


Networii CD lor 2 (Specify) 


19.95 


AmlNet 16, 17, 18 (Specify) 


17.95 


Network Cable CD32 to Amiga 


30.00 


AmlNet 19, 20 (Specify) 


19.95 


Nothing but Telris 


14.95 


AM0SPD2 


21.95 


Octamed 6 


12.95 


Amy Resources - US Edition, Vol 1 


24.95 


Octamed Sound Studio 


24.95 


Anime Batws 


28.95 


OnLire Library 


19.95 


Arcade Classics Plus 


23.95 


'andoras CD 


9.95 


Artworx 


12.95 


Paperbag Princess 


10.00 


Assassins Games 


8.95 


Personal Paint 7.1 


69.95 


Assassins Games 2 or 3 (Specify) 


22.95 


'ersonal Suite from Cloanto 


59.95 


Audio Ttiunder 


69.95 


PhotoCD Manager 


33.95 


Beauty of Chaos Fractals 


15.95 


Print Studio Pro 


37.95 


Bianlcer Collection 


19.95 


Pro Pics 


24.95 


C64 Games 97 


Call 


Psycho Killer 


8.00 


C64 Sensations Volume 2 


26.95 


Retro Gold: Emu-late 


22.95 


Card Games 


22.95 


SFX Volume 1 or 2 (Specify) 


29.00 


CDPD1 


8.00 


Scene Storm 


24.95 


CD PD 2, 3, 4 (Specify) 


24.00 


Sci R Sensation v2 


28.95 


Clip Art & Fonts 


9.95 


Solar System Kit for LW 


84.95 


ClipartWarehouse 1,2 (Specify) 


18.00 


Sounds Terrific 1 


12.95 


Colour Library 


15.95 


Sounds Terrific 2 


17.95 


Corporate Video Bacltgrounds 


118.95 


SpeccyCD97 


27.95 


DataMix 


16.00 


Sports Football CD-32 


6.00 


da Capo Mods & Sounds 


22.95 


Strip Poller 


12.95 


DEM ROM 


22.95 


Surface Pra & Pra Textures Combo 


55.95 


Demo CD 1.2 (Specify) 


24.00 


Syndesis 3D ROM v1,v2 (Specify) 


79.95 


Desktop Video CD 2 


29.95 


System Booster 


32.95 


Diitant Sunt 5.01 CD NEW 


49.95 


Ten on Ten (10 CDs) 


49.95 


EMC-Phase lor 2 (Specify) 


33.95 


Texture Heaven 2 


12.95 


Emulators Unlimited Plus 


26.95 


TTOH Business, Politics & Media 


15.00 


Encounters: The UFO Phenomenon 


19.95 


Town With No Name 


5.00 


Epic Interactive Encyclopedia 1997 


46.95 


Turbo Calc 2.1 CD 


12.95 


Epic Collection 3 


34.95 


TurboCalc4.0 


64.95 


Epic Paranormal Encyclopedia 


39.95 


Universal 3D ROM 


137.95 


Eric Schwartz CD-Archive 


19.95 


Ultimedia 1 & 2 (2 CDs) 


21.95 


Euro CD Vol lorVol 2 (Specify) 


19.95 


Utilities Experience NFA 


19.95 


EuroScene 


8.95 


Utilities Volume 2 


29.95 


EuroScene 2 


18.95 


Visual FXLW 1,2 (Specify) 


129.00 


Eyes of the Eagle 


9.00 


Visual FX for ImageFX 


129.00 


Fantaseas 


22.95 


Weird Science Clip Art 


14.00 


Fractal Pro Image Library 


19.95 


Weird Science Fonts 


14.00 


Fresh Fonts Vol 2 


24.00 


Weird Science Animations 


19.95 


Gamer's Delight 2 


24.95 


Weird Science Demo Mania 1 


20.00 


Gateway 1 or 2 (Specify) 


18.95 


Weird Science UPD Gold 


26.95 


Geek Gadgets 


19.95 


Women In Motion 


9.00 


Geek Gadgets 2 


24.95 


Women of the Web 


39.95 


GFX Sensations 


16.95 


WordWorth 6 


79.00 


GIF Gallery Vol 1 


22.00 


WordWorth Office 


99.00 


GIF Sensation 


24.95 


Workbench Add On 


27.95 


GIga Graphics 


39.95 


World Atlas from Wisedrome 


39.95 


Global Amiga Experience 


28.95 


Wortd Info 


45.95 


Gold Fish 2, 3 (Specify) 


16.95 


Worid of Clipart Plus 


24.95 


Guiness Book of World Records 


6.95 


World of Photo 


19.95 


Hidden Truth 


44.95 


Wrath of the Demon 


5.00 


Horror Sensation 


26.95 


XiPaint 4.0 


55.95 


Hottest 4, 5, 6 (Specify) 


24.95 


Zoom Release 2 


32.95 


Hound of the Baskervilles 


8.00 






Humanoid LW or Imagine (Spec) 


159.95 


CB¥ Service Manuals 




ImageVision 


184.95 


A500 Service Manual 


$14.95 


Imagine PD 3D 


23.95 


A3000 Desktop Service Manual 


19.95 


Insight: Dinosaurs 


14.95 


A3000 Tower Service Manual 


22.95 


Insight: Technology 


8.95 


1064S Dl Service Manual 


14.95 


Interior Design Collection 


169.00 


1950 or 1960 Serv Man (Specify) 


19.95 


Internet's Avalon CD-ROM 


44.95 


2091 Service Manual 


12.95 


Into the Net (2 CDs) 


21.95 


A2060/A2065yA2232 Serv. Man. 


12.95 


Kara Fonts Complete Collection 


64.95 


CDTVSrvice Manual 


17.95 


Learning Curve 


21.95 


A1200 User Manual 


5.95 


Ught ROM 3 or 4 (Specify) 


39.95 


A4000 User Manual 


7.95 



Amiga Technology Monitors 

We are pleased to announce the exclusive North American Distribution of 
Amiga Technologies Monitors. These are Highest Quality monitors, made 
especially for your Amiga. 1 Yr Warranty through Electrohome, in the USA. 



M1438S Amiga Monitor 

• 14- CRT Hl-Res Color tifonitor 

• Short Persistence Phosphors 

• .28mm DP • iOMi Bandwidth 

• 15-40KZ Horizontal Frequency 

• 45-90HZ Vertical Frequency 

• Universal 100-240 VAC 50/60Hz 

• Amplified Stereo Speakers 

$349.95 

15 to 23 pin Adapter $26.95 

Sync Strainer Adapter 46.95 
Pro-260 Amplified Multi-Media 

60w Speaker System 39.95 



M1764 Amiga Monitor 

• 17' Diagonal FST Invar mask 

• .28mm DP • 85Mz Bandwidth 

• Anti-Static AR faceplate finish 

• 15-64KZ Horizontal Frequency 

• 45-125HZ Vertical Frequency 

$679.95 

Toshiba 20* Muitlscan 

S-VHS, RGB, Comp.. Audio, Sub- 
8ass 20W Stereo Speakers. Dark 
Flat Screen, 181 channel Tuner. 
$449.95 



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Address Itl 1.5 $28.95 

Air Mail 4 Email 39.95 

AmIPC Power Mouse Software 18.95 

AmigaVision Professional 24.95 

Art Effect (.5 109.00 

Art Effect 2.0 179,00 

Art Effect SuperView 45.00 

Art Effect Power Effects 45.00 

Artworiis Clip Art Library 22.95 

ASIM 3.x upgrade lor 2.0 39.95 

ASIM CDFS CD-ROM Driver v3.x 59.95 

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standing behavioral problems in that regard have been 
addressed, it now is fair game for "This Old Workbench." 
As you can see from Figure 1, the Magellan interface 
mimics the Workbench very closely, and operates in much 
the same manner. Basic usage of Magellan requires very 
little learning, for those familiar with the Amiga. Point and 
Click, Icon Dragging etc. act as you would expect. Magellan 
also now supports Newlcons, and in fact is compatible with 
most of the utilities and commodities I have featured in this 
series. 

Replacing your Amiga's 

venerable Workbench is not a 

task to be taken ligtitly, tiowever. 

After all, as GUIs go, \he 

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offer, so why fix something that 

isn't broken? 



Replacing your Amiga's venerable Workbench is not a 
task to be taken lightly, however. After all, as GUIs go, the 
Workbench has quite a lot to offer, so why fix something 
that isn't broken? Of course, Magellan can work in conjunc- 
tion with the Workbench, for those who want their Work- 
bench unsullied. See Figure 2 and 3 for Magellan Work- 
bench Emulation and Display settings. 

One of Magellan's biggest improvements is in the area 
of multitasking. As stated earlier, drag a file from one 
Workbench window to another, and you must wait until 
that operation is finished before you can use the Workbench 
for anything else. Magellan avoids this problem by using 
"threads." Simply put, copying a file from one window to 
another can be thought of as a thread. Want to copy another 



Figure 3 (Top Left). Magellan WB Emulation Settings. 
Figure 4 (Top Right). Copy files in multiple windows. 
Figure 5 (Middle). Magellan's Filetype Editor. 
Figure 6 (Bottom). MBench's Workbench Replacement. 

file? Use another thread. Multiple operations can proceed at 
the same time. It's simply a more flexible form of 
multitasking. See Figure 4 for this ability in action. 



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Another major improvement is in 
dealing with files. Version 3 of the 
Amiga's OS introduced the Datatype 
system. This flexible system allowed 
programmers to add support for 
multiple formats without constantly 
having to revise their main program. A 
datatype capable paint program can 
load in that new picture format just as 



soon as a datatype is available for it, 
without needing an upgrade at aU. 

Datatypes are quite powerful, but 
the Workbench is somewhat lacking in 
utilizing them. Insert that PC CDROM 
of scenery images, and double click on 
a picture. What happens? Not much. 
Unless the picture has an icon with the 
proper tooltype, such as Multiview, 
the Amiga doesn't know what to do 
with the file, even though it has a 
datatype for it. WhUe there are several 
programs to handle this for the 
Workbench, Magellan is far more 
flexible and powerful in this regard. 

Once you have Magellan config- 
ured, you Ccm view pictures, unpack 
archives, play sound files and mods, in 
short, deal with virtually any type of 
file. Configuring these fUetypes can be 
a real pain, but once done, Magellan is 
a joy to use. Happily, Magellan has 
help available at the press of a key, and 
Aminet has sample settings (in the 
BIZ/DOPUS dir) you can download. 
Also, be sure and check their website 
for addition info, bug reports, and 
upgrades. See Figure 5 for Magellcin 
File Types Editor. 

MBench vl.O 

Short: Workbench replacement 1.0 
Author: cs95mah@exeter.ac.uk 

(Mark Hewitt) 
Version: 1.0 

Aminet: util/wb/mbench.lha 
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mbench.html 
Shareware: 10 UK Pounds 



Mark Hewitt's MBench is another 
attempt to improve on the Amiga's 
Workbench. Perhaps a bit less ambi- 
tious than Magellan, it also seems a bit 
closer in spirit to the original Work- 
bench. 

The installation proved MBench to 
be a work in progress, and I had to 
finesse the Installer to get it installed 
correctly. Once installed, I had no 
further problems with the operation. 
For a 1.0 version (or 0.9p as the Title 
states) MBench seems quite stable. See 
Figure 6 for a screenshot of MBench, 
and Figure 7 for the MBench prefs 
program, as well as the enhanced 
menus, and the hemdy Assign List 
Window. 

As you can see, MBench looks very 
much like the Amiga's own Workbench, 
right down to supporting enhance- 
ments like Newlcons, Magic Menu and 
Copper Demon, and other "This Old 
Workbench" items I have covered. In 
fact, the only programs I was unable to 
use with MBench were Workbench 
menu hacks like Addtools and Rekeyit. 
These are closely tied to the Workbench 
menu strip, and also failed with 
Magellan. Interestingly enough, 
Magellan runs just fine under MBench. 
In fact, you can use Magellan's Work- 
bench Replace mode to replace 
MBench's replacement Workbench. 

Like Magellan, MBench improves 
on the Workbench's multitasking. This 
is a major boost in productivity, and 
something the Workbench has needed 
for a long time. See Figure 8 for a 
screenshot showing multiple copy 
operations. 




Figure 7. MBench's PRefs and Enhancements. 



Figure 8. Copy files in multiple windows. 



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Some MBench features: 

• internally multitasking. 

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etc. 

• open a wLndow directly for any 
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MBench window. 

• assign list window. 

• arexx port. 

• online context sensitive help. 

There you have it. 

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a replacement Workbench, improved 
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while maintaining high compatibility 
with the Amiga's Workbench. 
Magellan, barkening back to its roots 



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polished presentation, but MBench is 
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Spam-0~Matic— It dosen't slice or 

dree, but it could chop out unwanted 

email. Updates on A-Webll and Miami 

TCP/IP, plus AOL buys CompuServe. 



The past few months should have 
given you a good overview of the 
newsreader and mail programs for the 
Amiga available for Internet use. There 
are others in the AmiNet archives, but 
either they are intended for use with 
specific network systems, or I was 
unable to get them to work on my 
A1200. Amiga programmers being the 
enterprising sort, I'm sure that more of 
each type of program will appear as 
Hme goes on. This month we will start 
with a look at a newsreader accessory 
that can help extract a measure of 
retribution. 



Spam-O-Matic 

One of the early Saturday Night 
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bogus commercial selling a product 
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blender, and turned into a fish puree 
to be drunk as a health drink. I have 
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and is universally hated. Spam on the 
Internet can have several definitions, 
but it is most often referring to 
UseNet postings that either have 
nothing to do with the topic they are 
posted in, are deliberately insulting or 
goading, or are an inappropriate use 
of the bandwidth. 

Examples of the first type are 
often seen from users that cross-post 
the same message to many different 
newsgroups. The second type are 
exemplified by the taunting messages 
sometimes posted by PC users in 
Amiga groups (hopefully the reverse 
never happens). The third type would 
be something like posting a 
UUencoded binary message in a 
discussion group, or pyramid 
schemes and chain letters. UseNet 
lore has it that Spam came to be called 
that after a user quoted back an 
obnoxious message, and ended it by 
tacking on a chorus from a Monty 
Python song. "Spam spam spam 
spam, spam spam spam spam." 

Kirk Strauser was annoyed 
enough by spam to produce Spam-O- 
Matic. This is an ARexx script that is 

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intended to work with Thor and YAM. 
The script, when called, sends copies 
of the offending message, complete 
with routing headers and a short 
explanation to the author of the 
original message, along with the 
postmaster on the offenders ISP, The 
National Fraud Information Center, 
and the Bureau of Consumer Services. 
As Kirk says in the documentation, 
this is essentially guaranteed to ruin at 
least one person's day. 

Being an ARexx script, Spam-O- 
Matic should be relatively easy to alter 
to suit your own Newsreader/Mailer 
set up. The script is well commented, 
showing what each section is accom- 
plishing. 

The author calls Spam-O-Matic 
"HolyOathWare", meaning you have 
to take an oath to email him with 
problems, suggestions, and further 
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appropriate to the anti-spam cam- 
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A-Web II 

A-Web II has recently been 
updated to version 3.0,and a new 
demo released. You will recall that A- 
Web n is the only Amiga Web Browser 
currently available at the time of this 
writing, that does not use the Magic 
User Interface. Rather, A-Web II uses 
the Class Act system of interface 
enhancement. 

In addition to some re-designed 
graphics on the tool bar, version 3.0 
boasts many enhanced features. A new 
cachebrowser (Figure 1) provides a 
graphic usage meter, displays the 
contents organized by date, type, or 
URL, and provides two different 
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buttons visible are part of the demo 
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One neat addition, is the drop- 
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the appropriate URL prefix, and it is 
copied to the string gadget, ready for 
you to complete. Version 3.0 offers full • 



HTML 3.2 compliance, including 
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and Microsoft specific extensions. 

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iatemally. The advantage to this way 



of doiag things is that updated 
DataTypes are likely to appear more 
often than any major program could be 
updated. HTTP, FTP, and Gopher 
protocols are supported internally, 
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The demo version is available 
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Holger Kruse has been busy with 
updates to his Miami TCP/IP system. 
Currently at version 2.1g, more bug 
catching, and a re- compile with SAS/ 
C are the main improvements. But the 
docs mention big plans for the near 
future. Version 2.2 should feature a 
new replacement for the Amiga 
serial. device, and an option to switch 
between different GUI engines. 



Also In the works for the not-too- 
distant-future, is a Miami Deluxe, 
aimed at heavy-duty usage with 
features like multiple Interfaces open 
simultaneously, enhanced ISDN 
support, and more. If you operate an 
Amiga server or router, keep your eyes 
open for this. For the latest versions of 
the main Miami program, as well as 
the specific binary for your CPU, check 
out the Miami home page at: 



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AOL+CompuServe=? 

Once again as I'm finishing this 
column, news reports are talking about 
America OnLIne and CompuServe. 
This time it is a done deal. Pending 
Federal approval, AOL wUl buy 
CompuServe, in a three-way deal. 
AOL gets more than 100,000 modems 
In the CSi network to add to their own 
system, as weU as aU of the CSi 
membership. This wUl make AOL the 
largest on-line service and the largest 
Internet Service Provider in the 
country, possibly the world. 

AOL says that CompuServe 
changes are planned. What this might 
mean In the long run for Amiga users 
on CSi is still a mystery, and likely will 
remain so for now. 

Where To Find Me 

rhays@kiva.net 
http://www.kiva.net/~rhays 
rhays@amigazone.com 
R.HaysSon Genie 
72764,2066on CompuServe 

For U.S.Mail: 
Rob Hays 
P.O.Box 194 
Bloomington, IN 47402 

Please Include a SASE if you need 
a personal reply. 

If you run an Amiga specific BBS, 
send me the Information callers will 
need to access your system. Phone 
number(s), modem speeds, software 
settings, etc. As a service to the Amiga 
community I wUl include the Informa- 
tion I receive in this column from time 
to time. 

If you come across any World 
Wide Web sites you feel would be of 
interest to the Amiga community, pass 
them along for inclusion in the HotList 
of the Month. Send the info to any of 
my addresses above. 

That's aU for now. See you on line! 



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Picture Filled words can be worth a 
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by Nick Cook 



A picture may be worth a thou- 
sand words, but what's the exchange 
rate for a word filled with pictures? 
We'll let late-night philosophers 
ponder that question while we explore 
a way to fUJ headlines with images. In 
this technique, the characters serve as 
"windows" which let the reader see 
through them to a graphic beyond. 

Select the font to fill carefully. 
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defeats the purpose. If you use 
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font with "Width" commands, located 
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away from "frilly" fonts; when all 
those curlicues are filled with images, 
the headline looks muddy. 



DRAWSTUDIO 

The DrawStudio illustration 
program provides the easiest way to 
create photo headlines (Figure 1). 
STEP ONE: Enter your text. Click on 
the pointer tool (the arrow). That 
makes the text an object. 

STEP TWO: Select Attributes from 
the Object menu. Click on the Bitmap 
button in the Fill Colour section, then 
on the Edit button. If you've preloaded 
bitmaps with the View>Bitmap select 
the desired image from the list. 
Otherwise, click on New then Edit to 
go to the Edit Bitmap Fill panel (Figure 
2). Click on the New button to bring 
up a file requester. Once you've loaded 
a bitmap, simply click on its name in 
the list to use it. 



#ii»rrviiii^c rDUM 




DrawStudio treats each text object 
(or grouped single characters) as a 
single unit. There are two options for 
bitmap fills. "Tile" repeats one image 
throughout the text object, while 
"Complete Fills" will squash 'n stretch 
one image to fit inside a text object. A 
repeated or distorted picture wasn't 
the desired effect for "CALIFORNIA," 
so the state name consists of three 
separate text objects: "CALIF", "FOR", 
"NIA". A different photo filled each 
chunk. 

PAGESTREAM 3.2 

PageStream 3.2 lets the user make 
image-filled headlines inside the 
program. 

STEP ONE: Enter your text. Click 
on the arrow icon, then on the text to 
make it an object. 

STEP TWO: Load your image. 

STEP THREE: Stack the image on 
top of the text object. Or stack the text 
object on top of the image and send it 
to the back. Either way, you want to 
end up with your text object behind 
the image. 




Figure 1 : DrawStudio created this retro-ioolcing postcard. 



Figure 3: Textures woric just as weii as 
photos for text fill. 



STEP FOUR: Make the text and 
image objects active, either through 
shift-clicking both or clicking the left 
mouse button and dragging the 
dashed line around both. 

STEP FIVE: Select Mask>Mask 
Graphic from the Object menu. The 
text "fills" with the image. (Figure 3). 

The pre 3.2 versions of 
PageStream didn't include the Mask 
Graphic command. Substitute this 
workaround for Step Five: 

Draw a rectangle around the text 
object that is as wide and tall as the 
image. Click on the arrow icon and 
select both the rectangle and text 



34 Amazing Computing 



objects. Choose Object>Merge Paths 
command (this creates a composite 
path of the two objects). Select the 
Object>Line & Fill menu to open that 
requester. Change the box Fill to 
solid White and toggle off the line 
stroke. Stack this compound object 
on top of the image. 

Using the Alpha Channel 

Alpha channel composing (see 
Amazing Computing/Amiga, October 
1997) creates image filled text in 
paint and image processing pro- 
grams, allowing you to insert them 
into word processing programs. 
These are steps for Photogenics, but 
any program with alpha channel 
masking will do. 

STEP ONE: Load the back- 
ground photograph. Make it the 
Secondary Image with the picture 
bar, menu or key commands. 

STEP TWO: Create a new black 
page from the Projects>New menu. 
The new image will be the same size 
as the photograph. 

STEP THREE: Now load the 
text; in this case, a black and white 
image from a clipart collection. Make 
this the Alpha Channel by using the 
picture bar, menu or key commands. 
Finally, choose Invert from the Alpha 
menu. You also can use the 
Window>Enter Text menu item to 
type on a blank page. Remember in 
alpha channels, black blocks the 
image, while white lets it through. 

STEP FOUR: Activate the 
primary image, select the 
Image>Compose menu item. Since 
Photogenics defaults to Alpha 
Channel composing, you should see 
the text filled with the background 
picture. Click OK to make it final and 
save it (Figure 4). 

The combination of the words 
and pictures can be an effective way 
of communicating a concept eco- 
nomically (Check the travel industry 
ads in your Sunday paper for 
examples). Perhaps image filled 
headlines are worth more than a 
thousand words. 




Figure 2: The Edit Bitmap Fill requester in DrawStudio lets you pick an image fill. 




•AC* Figure 4: To quote Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble: "Ctiarge it!" 



November 1997 



35 




AN I Mf aces 




AnimBrushes, only the AMIGA can boast of 

AnimBrushes. Use Shamms' technique to dabble 

in your own quick and easy animations. 



R. Shamms Mortier 



Remember the Mr. Potatohead 
game that you used to enjoy when you 
were younger? Well I do, and that 
memory has motivated me to experi- 
ment with a digital method for 
achieving a similar creative environ- 
ment with my trusted Amiga. The 
whole object of the Mr. (and later Mrs. 
and Ms.) Potatohead was to create 
characters with interchangeable parts, 
a natural and simple operation when it 
comes to digital animation, especially 
on the Amiga. 

Why "especially on the Amiga"? 
AnimBrushes. No other platform can 
boast of AnimBrushes. The closest 
thing to them is the Image Hose tool in 
Fractal Painter, but that's more of a 
painting tool, and not as useful for 
animation. And animation is the real 
deal, when it comes to Amiga 
potatoheading. In the original game, 
you could replace one mouth or eye 
type with another, but the final result 
was always the same: a featured face 
that remained in whatever shape you 
set for it. Certainly, the mouth and 
eyes wouldn't move. 

When it comes to graphic interest, 
there's nothing like animation to 
mesmerize an audience. We equate 
movement with life and living things, 
so graphics that move seem alive and 
intentional, as if they were trying to 
get a message across to us. This is true 
even when the image is simplistic, like 
an animated stick figure. These 
ANIMfaces are much more than stick 
figures, yet they are also far less 
complex to generate than modeling 3D 
animated models. 




Using the techniques described in ttie 
ANIMtaces article, you can generate a 
whole library ot animated tace 
elements useful in the creation of 
animated personalities. 



What You Need 

Here we go again, asking you to 
activate one of our two favorite 2D art 
and animation Amiga favorites, 
DPaint or Brilliance. The option is 
yours, though for this exercise, I prefer 
DPaLnt. If this were an exercise that 
demanded the use of a 256 color 
palette, I would probably select 
Brilliance. Since we will only require 
32 Low-Res colors however, I am 
choosing DPaint, because its tools are 
more familiar to most Amiga users. It 
is assumed that you have one of these 
programs, and that you are familiar 



with it. If not, please re-read your 
program documentation. 

Caveats and Cautions 

We are going to use a 32-color Lo- 
Res palette because it offers more color 
options and animations can get by 
without the anti-aliased look of Hi-Res 
(at least these can). It is highly recom- 
mended that you design the color 
palette first. If your character is going 
to be human-like, alter 16 of the 32 
colors for skin tones. This will allow 
you to achieve smooth blends in 
needed facial areas. Reserve some 
other colors for eyes, hair, and possible 
props (a pipe, glasses, etc.). So the first 
step is to think about the character(s) 
you want to create, and to adjust the 
palette accordingly. 

Our digital Potatohead is going to 
need a number of AnimBrushes. You 
should make each AnimBrush 10 
frames long. You should not need any 
more frames to get your point across. 
Be sure that each AnimBrush has the 
same number of frames, so everything 
works in expected ways. 

What Moves... What Doesn't 

Our Potatohead will have some 
features that move, and some that 
don't need to. Of course, you can make 
everything an AnimBrush, but faces 
usually work best with some stable 
elements and some that are animated. 
On a human-like face, the two ele- 
ments that should definitely be 
animated are the eyes and the mouth. 
Optional movement can be targeted to 



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eyebrows, the nose (twitching), and 
the ears (wiggling). The face usually 
remains stable, though when you get 
the hang of this procedure, you can 
create AnimBrush faces that puff and 
morph in other ways, adding to the 
visual fun. 

How to Proceed 

We will allude to eye and mouth 
AnimBrushes, allowing you to target 
other facial parts later, after you get 
some experience with this technique. 
The process is actually quite simple. 

1. First, create a library of parts 
that wiJI not have to move. 
These include global face 
shapes, the nose, ears, and other 
peripheral elements (hair, 
beards, glasses, mustaches). 
Save all of these parts in 
directories named for the part 
(Faces, hair, etc.). 

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painting software (probably 
DPaLnt or Brilliance) so that you 
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Few IBM games so readily coax the green- 
eyed monster out of Amiga gamers as 
Westwood's Command & Conquer. Bom of 
Dune n — itself the warrior stepchild of 
Sim City — that animated tactical wargame 
has installed the mantra "real-time 
strategy" in the PC vocabulary, and the 
computer game industry hasn't even 
started to get over it. By some accounts 
three dozen C&C variants are slated to 
appear on the IBM this year alone. 

Small wonder. Balancing free-form 
combat and resource management, these 
games, at their best, evoke happy childhood 
memories of woodsy summer afternoons 
spent capturing the flag or ensconced in 
attic or basement, setting up forts with 
attendant armies of Little plastic men and 
then blowing the blue bejesus out of them. 

And the Amiga? 

To date (early September), the only 
corrunercial games that fall even vaguely 
into this school predate C&C by years — 
those being Westwood's exquisite port of 
Dune II and, even more vaguely. Gremlin's 
Utopia, its New Worlds data disk and its 
sequel, K240. But wait & watch. By year's 
end, it appears we'll have Corrunand & 
Conquer and its medieval cousin, Warcraft, 
several times over, with more to follow in 
the new year. Not the actual items. (At 
least, not yet.) But absence of the actual 
items has never stopped enterprising 
Amiga game coders, who seem to follow 
the dictum: "If they won't come, we will 
build it." 

And build it, and bmld it and build it. 
(And build it.) This issue, we'll survey 
about a dozen C&C-ish games under 
construction for the Amiga. The ones that 
can actually be played are promising 
indeed, and some that can't at least look or 
sound encouraging. 

Foundation 

by Paul Burkey, for Sadeness Software 

Some months back, someone started a 
thread in the comp.sys.amiga. games 
UseNet newsgroup based around Blue 
Byte's reported willingness to have third- 
party coders convert its games to the 
Amiga. The notion was welcomed warmly. 
After all, the German developer is respon- 



sible for the Battle Isle series (which ended 
for the Amiga with History Line 1914-18) 
and its The Settlers is one of the best-loved 
Amiga "God" games of all-time. So it is 
hardly surprising that Amiga gamers have 
lusted in their hearts after the current Battle 
Isle 2220 and The Settlers II. 

Foundation should make that need 
much less urgent. Currently better than 
three-quarters complete, this CD-ROM 
strategy epic promises to be the God game 
to end all God games. A semi-functional 
beta of the pre-Sadeness version recalled 
the Settlers games with a touch more 
atmosphere. (An in-game rooster is crowing 
as I type. No, now it's a morning dove.) But 
Foundation has since undergone a major 
expansion, and its web page now makes 
reference to WarCraft n. Command & 
Conquer, Populous and Mega-lo-Mania. 
And, naturally, a considerable something of 
its own. 

I don't have nearly enough space to 
mention all the features here, so I'm just 
going to focus on a handful that struck a 
chord with me. For Instance, In an evident 
nod to PowerMonger, you can extract a 
little resume on each of your tiny people — 
not simply basics like name, age and 
employer, but destination. Inventory and 
more. You can check any building to see 
who's present, and then issue individual 
commands to them. (Little men and Little 
women left to their own devices In the same 
house will have even little children.) 

You can select multiple soldiers to 
attack a given building or person — thus 
addressing an irJierent shortcoming of the 
proscribed combat in the Settlers games. A 
"bubble" help system, like that used by Mac 
and Windows 95 programs, is in the works. 
The building-construction menu will be 
location-sensitive. (That is, select a site 
along the coast, and maritime-related 
structures will be featured In the construc- 
tion menu.) 

You can conduct research into, and 
thereby improve, most features in the game 
— or steal inventions and concepts from an 
enemy. Diseases can be discovered and 
cured, spells created and cast. (Magic may 
be a dicey business, as if s said to be created 
from cremated corpses!) You'll be able to 
trade goods with other players or buy and 



sell them on the stock market. And you can 
even be In the game: (You just have to 
Email the developer a scanned mugshot.) 
(http://www.sadeness.demon.co.uk/ 
foundation.html) 

Almagica: 

Scions of a Forgotten World 

by DSP, for Vulcan Software 

Almagica was the first of its type, and, 
to the best of my knowledge, still the only 
Amiga C&C variant that's fully playable 
(via two demos available on the net). 
Almagica follows closely the play mechan- 
ics of Blizzard's Warcraft games. You 
dispatch workers to mine gold and chop 
down trees for money and raw materials, 
use it to build structures and use these 
structures to produce troops to extend and 
defend your Littie realm. 

It is nicely put-together. However, it 
has been a while since anything new has 
surfaced on Almagica. In the meantime, the 
competition has made major strides, and it 
may behoove DSP to upgrade the spec a bit 
(if it hasn't already done so). At last report, 
the developer was considering inclusion of 
traps and neutral troops that might take 
your side or work against you (a nice 
touch). I also hope they will broaden the 
playfield from the narrow ones used in the 
demos (which means the game offers a 
minimum of the nasty surprises In which its 
models specialize). 

Note: It doesn't really fit into this 
story, but Vulcan's also planning to publish 
Breed 2001 — a Utopia-like blend of Sim 
City and conquest that may appeal to fans 
of the C&C genre.) (http:// 
www.lnd.mh.se/~ing9435/DSP/) 

Battlecraft 

Ravager's Reality 

Not quite as well known as its cousins, 
this straightforward Warcraft II clone from 
the author of Marathon seems to be coming 
along nicely, and the current build is 
pleasantly close to the original In polished 
look and feel. (Not to mention sound — it 
uses some of the same audio samples.) 
However, this Dutch production still leaves 
me with a consuming sense of details-still- 
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Forgotten Forever by Ctiarm Design 



how functional Battlecraft is or will be. I 
could squeeze production out of certain 
structures and make my people tramp all 
over creation, but 1 couldn't persuade 'em 
to fight. That said, it's certainly heading in 
promising directions — Including a 
versatile map editor — and a fully-crafted 
version can't be too far down the road. 
(http://cybercomm.nl/~peterdb/ 
rav_ami.html) 

CounterStrike 

by Daniel AUsopp 

The initial demo for this C&C clone 
looks and sounds good, but it has little 
more than curiosity value. The demo, an 
early mock-up under the name Command 
Strike which was designed to test frame 
rate using graphics and sounds borrowed 
from the original game, is essentially 
nonfunctional. Not much can be done apart 
from plunking down a couple of buildings 
and a wall and making the two on-screen 
troopers speak. 

A new demo was said to be imminent 
in August, but at press time (early 
September) it was nowhere to be seen. The 
author's web page at http:// 
homepages.enterprise.net/dallsopp/ has 
also disappeared. Hope this isn't a bad sign. 

The Game 

by Rune Espeseth and Espen Bernstsen 

The Game is the C&C game as senior 
thesis. Everyone else was making data- 
bases, but these two Norwegian computer- 
science students decided to reinvent a 
favorite pastime. And, with the help of 
Amiga artists met via UseNet and the IRC, 
The Game has reached a rough beta state 
supporting onjy graphics cards. An AGA 
version is running behind. 

Look for the capacity for huge maps to 
permit varied tactics; support for sound 
cards; archeologists who will recover lost 
tecfinologies which may boost or impede 
your progress, or prove irrelevant; the 
ability to set way-points for your units 
which will navigate intelligently; and 
screen sizes up to 1280 x 1024. (No web 
page yet.) 



Forgotten Forever 

Charm Design 

This Hungarian venture reportedly 
predates C&C. It started out as a Dune 11 
variant with better graphics, a larger 
playfield, more buildings and vehicles 
including ships and aircraft and null- 
modem support. The arrival of C&C 
preempted much of Forgotten Forever's 
feature set. But early screenshots on 
AmiNet led to a flood of suggestions, and, 
in the process of implementing them, the 
game was almost entirely rewritten. 

The final version should include 50 to 
60 missions; work happily within the 
operating system (including multi-tasking); 
use maps up to four times the size of those 
in Dune II; include 50 vehicles (operating 
on land and sea and in air, a la Red Alert) 
and 25 to 30 buildings, each with its own 
animation; and provide sampled speech 
and multi-language support, (http:// 
dragon.klte.hu/~zavacki/) 

Maim & Mangle 

Deimos Design 

This C&C variant — once on, then off 
— is now on again with a largely Canadian 
team under the aegis of Deimos Design. Its 
architects aren't simply aiming to replicate 
C&C, but surpass it to an extent that will 
make Pentium owners jealous of Amiga 
owners all over again. There's nothing to 
look at yet, but if Deimos can deliver the 
features now on the drawing board, they 
have a good shot at it. 

Among other things, Deimos Design is 
planning to do a lot with light and its 
absence. Night combat will be included. 
Vehicles will have headlights, bases 
searchlights, troops night-vision goggles 
and flash grenades. Explosions will light up 
the surrounding area and may reflect off 
certain surfaces. By the same token, some 
units will be able to operate on water, with 
the surface displaying ripples (and possibly 
reflections). 

The landscape will be true 3D: 
meaning hills will interfere with units' 
lines-of-sight, and that canyons, gullies and 
groves of trees will offer concealment. Some 
units will be able to scale cliff faces. (How 
about allowing commandos to tunnel and 
plant explosives?) Units will travel slower 
on rising ground and faster on declining. 
And artillery on higher ground will have 
greater range. 

Technology isn't a given. You'll have 
to conduct research to improve it. But the 
hand of man pales beside that of Mother 
Nature. Look for snow, rain, dust and 
lighting storms, and if you've built 
surveillance satellites, cloud cover may 
obstruct your view. 

So where can you buy this? Easy there. 
Deimos is aiming to have a demo ready in 
fall for prospective publishers — it's been 
approached by three — and to release the 
game by mid-'98. (http:// 
www.surfcity.nb.ca/~apollo/mm/) 




H.A.R.D. Corps by GeoSync 



H.A.R.D. Corps 

GeoSync 

This work-in-progress, from the one- 
man coding machine behind Star Fighter 
(see "Caught in the Net." on page 46), 
purports to see an unabashed clone of C&C. 
However, at this writing, I don't have much 
more to go on than the screen shown above. 
(The author reports that progress has been 
slow on Corps, but promises a demo soon.) 
I don't like to go out on a limb based on 
screenshots. But with Star Fighter as its 
resume, this bears watching, (http:// 
wvirw.ozemail.com.au/~geosync/) 

FUBAR 

The Game of War (Q-Group) 

The creators are aiming for a highly- 
customizable 1- or 2-player game of 
conquest that will eventually accommodate 
up to four via serial link and TCP/IP. 
"Combine North and South with Civiliza- 
tion, chess. Risk, Cannon Fodder and the 
popular PC game Command and Conquer 
into one," read the docs for the game's 
germinal "command center" — the only 
part of the game available for inspection. "If 
you still don't get it, think guns, explosions, 
plans and World War." (http:// 
homepages.nildram.co.uk/~oondy/) 

Zonal Division and SpoceLonder 

Blackweb Development & Mattias Karlsson 

Do these two belong here? Maybe. 
Maybe not. While roughly C&C-like in 
appearance, they are not real-time games, 
but turn-based, with an underlying grid 
structure and movement points that give 
the games a chess-like atmosphere. And 
marginal docs make it difficult to judge just 
where they are bound. Then again. 
Interplay's M.A.X. was turn-based, and 
wound up very Command & Conquer-ish 
indeed. So we'll have to see, eh? 
(SpaceLander: http://www.algonet.se/ 
~betasoft.) 

Ugly Mountain Experience Project 

I don't have anything hard on this one. 
At last report, this Norwegian team was 
preparing an editor for its C&C-style game 
and looking for map designers, but no other 
details were available at press time. (They 
were on vacation.) Email should go to 
Hauk.Langlo@Stud.hivolda.no. 



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Briefs 



Cheers, mate. England's Vulcan Software 
has opened a division in the US. Vulcan 
Software America, headed by Steve Ocepek, 
will handle retail and wholesale support 
and media relations for North America. The 
first Vulcan product issued under this new 
arrangement is The Strangers — a Double 
Dragon-style beat-em-up for CD-ROM 
(Vulcan's first CD product) that's just out as 
we go to press. 

Ocepek's Sagittarius Software — a 
separate company — won't be selling 
Vulcan's products anymore. But it will now 
be handling the extensive line of Fl 
licenseware — which includes plenty of 
games — following 5th Dimension 
Software's recent buy out of Fl. (Fl and 5th 
Dimension were the two largest Amiga 
licenseware houses in Europe.) Look for a 
licenseware section next issue. 

Amiga Quake 

I've been leaked some additional 
tidbits on Amiga Quake. A source close to 
the project reports that v. 0.85 reaches 20 
frames per second on 060-equipped Amigas 
— but only when displaying nonactive 
playfields (presumably those without 
monsters or other moving objects). 
Moreover, a grab of the configuration 
screen indicates that — oh, happy day — 
the developer plans to deliver on the 
feature set of the original IBM version. 
Among other things, it displays checkboxes 
for TCP/IP and serial connections; 
directories for "extra games" (presumably 
add-on levels) and "pak" files (graphics and 
sounds); a VCR function; and a checkbox 
for CD sound. And it appears the game is 
intended to run in just under 6 megs of 
memory — a good idea, since many 
upgraded A1200s have 4 megs of extra 
RAM on their accelerator card. 

3D Construction 

No light burns more brightly than in 
the darkest night, and in the rich darkness 
that shrouded the Amiga throughout 1996, 
Alien Breed 3D II: The Killing Grounds 
appeared to be that light. This prime 3D 
shoot-em-up was to ship with an editor that 
would, in theory, extend the game's life — 
much as user-created Doom editors had 
extended that of Doom — for as long as 
players were willing to build levels. 

But Team 17 somehow left the editor 
out of the shipping version, and the one 
uploaded to the web a few weeks later 
proved a disappointment — poorly 
documented, awkwardly implemented and 
generally guaranteed to distance from the 
game's internals the very gamers who 
should have been embracing them. The 
result is that no more than a handful of 
AB3D2 levels have appeared — we'll have a 
run-down on them next issue — and that 
any extended life AB3D2 has enjoyed is 



more a function of the game's infernal 
difficulty. 

Vulcan has taken the reverse ap- 
proach: The editor comes first. 3D Games 
Creator (aka 3D Environment Construction 
Kit) allows designers to create detailed true 
3D games a la Quake — with all the 
accoutrements (odd-angled walls, stair- 
ways, soda macfunes) you'd expect. 

The included Vulcan 3D Player allows 
players to load up your world and damage 
everybody in it, and Vulcan's announce- 
ment expresses the fond hope of an Internet 
library consisting of thousands of 3DGC 
"wad" files. (Suggestion: A Quake-to- 
Vulcan convertor utility would provide 
instant access to an already immense library 
of levels.) 

The construction kit will require cin 
AGA system or graphics card, a hard disk 
and at least 6 megs of RAM. (Alas, there's 
no demo or screenshots yet; the textures 
weren't final at press time.) 

In other Vulcan news, look for a high- 
spec Virtual Cop clone to appear early in 
'98. Vulcan chief Paul Carrington reports 
that Hard Target is "entering full steam in 
development." It's described as a "full 
screen animated 3D Scenic Shoot em up" 
(whew) that will require an AGA system 
with 2 megs of chip RAM, 8 megs of fast 
RAM Fast and a quad-speed CD-ROM 
drive. Early screens suggest the graphics 
will see a significant boost over Sega's 
influential polygon-based rail shooter. (The 
characters are ray-traced.) 

Amiga Games Magazine Dies 

What looked briefly like a ray of hope 
has morphed into cinother grim sign of the 
times. In late July, a new Amiga games 
magazine was announced — the only one 
serving that diminished market. Less than 
two weeks later, its parent publication. 
Media Soff s Amiga Review, shut down — 
apparently taking the infant Amiga Gamer 
with it. 

In a press release, AR editor David 
Pettifer blamed declining sales due to 
refusal of other magazines to accept 
advertisements — a stance he attributed to 
the threat of competition. The attempt to 
break off Amiga Gamer from AR as a 
separate magazine, with its own distinct 
audience, had been undertaken in an 
unsuccessful effort to recover access to that 
advertising space, he reported. 

Media Soft itself isn't closing. After a 
period of reorganization, it's expected to 
redirect its efforts toward publications for 
other markets — publications it will 
prepare, at least in part, using Amigas. 

England once boasted a half-dozen 
monthlies dedicated to the Amiga games 
market, but the unstaunched bleeding of 
said market since The Liquidation has 
slowly killed them off. The last hangers-on 
were Amiga Power, which succumbed 
about a year ago, and Amiga Action, which 
went through the windshield some months 
later. 




Xpilot 



Happily, AP lives on in the form of 
AP2 — a website (dspace.dial.pipex.com/ 
ap2/usr55000/randomize.html) of 
irreverence equal to the dead magazine's, 
where a former staffer charts AP's history 
in snappy, multiple-linked and often 
hilarious detail. Good reading. 



Finally, Holland's Paul Van Der Valk 
(best known as the author of the quartet of 
Poing Breakout clones) indicates he's 
working on an Amiga backend for Galaxy 
— a play-by-mail intergalatic wargame 
that's traditionally been well-supported 
with Amiga tools and utilities. The backend 
is said to be less sophisticated than the 
Windows version, but supplied with some 
distinctive new features. An early beta 
version can be grabbed from Paul's website 
(www.luna.nl/~poing). (Oh, and by the 
way, Poing 5's just out at press time.) 

AmigaMUD & Xpilot 

Cyberspace is big. Cyberspace is dark. 
It's sometimes hard to find a cyberplace to 
park. Especially if you have an Amiga. But 
this month, there's a relative embarrass- 
ment of riches. Chris Gray has released a 
significant update to his AmigaMUD 
(version 1.1) to AmiNet. You'll also find 
there a new version of the Thrust-like 
multi-player game, XPilot. 

Centsible Software 

It's always been something of a 
challenge to find older and out-of-print 
Amiga games in the US, and, in the last 
year, it's gotten significantly harder with 
the surprise closing of Bare Bones Software 
and Software Support International's 
apparent decision to drop the Amiga. 

Centsible Software, on the other hand, 
is not only still active, but growing. The 
Michigan-based outfit reports its recent buy 
out of SSI's Amiga and C64 stock has added 
45,000 items to its inventory — giving it a 
total of 1,000 Amiga games. 

You can reach Centsible at (616) 471- 
1089, and get its catalogues directly from 
the web page at home.sprynet.com/ 
sprynet/cents/. 

And you can write to Peter Olafson at 
peteroo@aol.com or 
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By Peter Olafson 

Reviews 

Damage 

by Suomi-Peli, Imagine Benefactor 

Psygnosis' tiny-sprite arcade/puzzler 
of a few years back — without the puzzles. 
Imagine its hero with a baseball bat. Now, 
imagine the hero walking up to his 
ubiquitous little helper and clubbing him to 
death with the bat. Now, repeat it a 
thousand times. You've got Damage. 

This bizarre, distasteful and oddly 
compelling cocktail from Finland — 
subtitled "The Sadistic Butchering of 
Humanity" — casts you as, well, as a mass 
murderer, more or less. You are evidently 
the result of a Frankenstein-like experiment 
gone predictably wrong, and the object 
seems to be to venture forth into a 
capacious sideview city and crack the heads 
and variously perforate the bodies of its 
residents and make off with their money 
and weaponry. 

By the time the plentiful local police 
finally took my ultra-durable Michael 
Massacre down outside a block of flats — 
whose inhabitants I had subjected to 
methodical slaughter — I had killed 155 
people. (It's either that or die. Don't kill 
anyone, and the cops still treat you as if you 
had.) 

So why am I playing this game? 
Because it's <gulp> fun. Damage is tricky 
that way; it's very stylish and very playable. 
The tiny animations — cops edging along 
with raised pistols, little old ladies with 
walkers, businessmen with briefcases, 
blood flying from all of them — are 
delicate. As you get higher in a building, 
the sideview graphic appears higher on an 
otherwise black screen. 

I'm not against violence in computer 
games; it has its place at least as payoff and 
as comic relief. But while I admire the 
developers' unconventional ity, the violence 
in Damage lacks motive. It's one thing to 
take out monsters who would kiU you if 
you didn't kill them first, but quite another 
to take down unfortunate innocents who 
simply happen to occupy the same space. 
And perhaps that's why I can't spend too 
long at Damage at a sitting. The lack of 
justification eventually catches up to me. 

But, aside from that fundamental issue 
which might have been addressed with a 
few twists to the story. Damage is a decent 
game system and my only complaint 




concerns the halfhearted hard-disk install 
routine (only the first of the two disks can 
be installed) and no-hearted hard disk 
performance. (It ran for me only from 
floppy.). To order Damage, send an IMO 
for $20 to Suomi-Peli, P.O. Box 93, 45701 
KSNK. Finland. 

Wendetta2175 

by Skills Marketing, distributed by 
cUckBOOM 

This puppy's parents were champions. 
A CD-only shoot-em-up for AGA systems, 
this German release recalls Team 17's great 
Project-X and Super Stardust. That is, it 
consists partly of a handsome horizontal- 
scrolling shoot-em-up and partly of 
gorgeous 3D tunnel sequences, with the 
occasional gameplay twist — dodge-baU! — 
to keep you from getting into a fixed 
horizontal-scroller head. 

But, that said, Wendetta's compara- 
tively mild-mannered, and it could use a 
taste of its models' backbreaking difficulty. 
In fact, it doesn't have a difficulty option at 
all, and seems surprisingly OK about 
collisions with other craft. The first time 1 
broke Wendetta out, I made it to the third 
level and I almost never make it to the third 
level. 

Blobz 

by Apex Systems, distributed by Sagifarrius 
Software 

Blobz is Lemmings. No two ways 
about it. The objective is the same: Help 
cute little self -destructive critters make their 
way across a treacherous landscape to the 
level exit. In this case, they're bug-eyed 
green spheres that appear to be on holiday 
from Core Design's Blob: Coincidence? The 
structure is the same, with teleports in the 
place of the entrance trapdoor and exit 
house. The interface is the same. (An array 
of skills — from jumping to missile-firing — 
is displayed at screen-bottom.) 

And so, pleasantly, is the fun. The 
level design is clever without quite being 
infuriating and includes a taste of the tricks 
and traps that marked the final Amiga 
Lemmings. The tiny blob animations are 
delicate and the water effect is yummy. You 
can kick the action into slow motion (which, 
regrettably, doesn't slow the game clock) 
and have some choices In which levels you 



Wendetta 2175 

select in your path across the world maps. If 
you can't lick one, another may prove more 
blob-friendly. It also comes with an easy-to- 
use editor — something DMA Design 
always threatened to release for Lemmings 
and never quite got around to finishing. 
In fact, the only thing I don't like is 
that the game offers no palpable reward for 
reaching a world's exit — other than simply 
entering Into a new one. Even a Uttie 
animation would have done nicely here. 
And yes, it's Lemmings. Who cares? Fun is 
fun, and this is fun. 

Kang Fu 

Great Effects Developments 

This CD-only platformer from Holland 
looks as though it had sprung fully-formed 
from the mind of Monty Python animator 
Terry Gilliam. The effect is a kind of pop-art 
AGA collage: a hi-res photographic 
backdrop overlaid with retouched artwork 
and textures. 

But actually participating In the 
adventures of Klont the Kangaroo — 
collecting eggs for ammo and picking up 
littie 'roos — is a whole other deal. 
Gameplay reveals Kang Fu as a shareware- 
level entry with a fancy clip-art icing. Apart 
from Klont himself, the hand-drawn sprites 
are rather woeful, their interaction sloppy 
and they drag the good-looking stuff down 
with them. 

World Golf 

Apex, distributed by Sagittarius Software 

Worl Golf is an unambitious and 
ultimately unrewarding rendition of the 
white-shoe sport. Its one real asset is 
accessibility. The angled-down point-of- 
view puts it more in the realm of arcade 
games than sport sims, and anyone should 
be able to figure out the basics in a round or 
two. (World Golf comes with five courses.) 
Then again, that round or two may be 
all you play, as simplicity here doesn't 
equal fun. The graphics are primifive, the 
linear swing mechanism is a variation on 
the furrow golf games have been plowing 
for a decade and the absence of a zoom 
function means it's way too hard to putt 
with any accuracy. With Sensible Golf 
already on the green, did we really need 
World Golf? Nah. 



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In this ongoing feature, I'll look at the best 
— or at least the most potentially interest- 
ing — Amiga games that the Internet has to 
offer. (Most games not available via 
AmiNet will have an accompanying URL.) 

Star Fighter 

GeoSync 

If you've ever looked down your nose 
at shareware as a thousand ways to play 
Minefield, this full-bore space opera from 
Australia will adjust your thinking. And 
this demo version of a forthcoming 
commercial game — essentially, a Wing 
Commander/Star Crusader variant with 
Elite/X-Wing-style graphics — is all the 
more remarkable when you realize that it's 
the work of one fellow. 

Stylish touches abound — from in- 
flight chatter to the pregame menus to the 
involving in-game cut scenes — and while 
the fUght engine has limitations, they're not 
fatal. 

Be warned: If s a sizeable download. 
(Currently, it's available only at 
www.ozemail.com.au/~geosync/.) The 11 
required LHA archives — oddly, all 
misnamed as .zips — decompress to almost 
9 megs. 

Alien-Fish-Finger 

and Speed Racer FX 

Skull Army Software 

I do not go ga-ga over shareware very 
often, but I did ga considerably over 
HydroZone. That speedy 3D game — stay 
inside the vector tunnel while dodging the 
oncoming filled-polygon walls — took up 
my spare time for days when it surfaced on 
an Assassins games disk a couple of years 
back. Unfortunately, it didn't see wide 
distribution over here. Here's hoping its 
follow-up. Speed Racer FX, finds a wider 
audience. Speed Racer FX is essentially 
HydroZone Deluxe — with multi-player 
capability and a level designer — and it's 
every bit as slick and speedy as the original. 
http://wuarchive.wustl.edu/~aminet/ 
dirs/aminet/game/misc/ 
Speed RacerFX.lha 

Also from author David Cruickshank 
is Alien FF. It's described in the docs as 
Turrican-meets-Worms, and that's true; it 
has Turrican's many-pocketed levels and 
Worms' combustible scenery. But the 
overall feel put me equally in mind of 
Audiogenic's delightful-to-play, impos- 
sible-to-solve Exile. Either way, a great 



Caught in 
the Net 



time. (Cruickshank is also behind a tiny but 
slick light-cycles game called Wired-Chaos.) 
http://wuarchive.wustl.edu/~am,inet/ 
dirs/aminet/game/shoot/AlienFF.lha 

I found both of these titles via links at 
the Amiga Games site at http:// 
www.tfs.net/~eivanov/. 

HangerlS 

Alastair Murray 

Now, here, if I may be so bold, we 
have a classic of its type. In the AmiNet 
readme file, Murray reports he's been told 
this could have been a commercial game 
with a little touching-up, and I don't doubt 
it. This sideview action /adventure is like 
Damage with a point — tiny-man violence 
with a real-world objective. The basics may 
not impress you — initially, you've got to 
escape from prison while securing 
weapons, ammo and allies — but the 
attention to detail while you're carrying out 
those tasks is amazing and persuasive. 

It's in the tiny, detailed graphics. It's in 
the conversations between characters 
(which put me in mind of Psygnosis' 
ancient Brataccus) and it's in the strategy, 
which is surprisingly thoughtful. You don't 
want to take everything you find, and 
there's probably a better way to reach your 
objective than the one you've just tried. 

Indeed, the whole opening scenario at 
the prison is such a kick — I won't spoil it 
for you — that I'm still replaying it. 
Replaying a shareware game? What a 
concept. 

AmiBee and Razor 

Lobsang A. SzaJer and Dante Mendes De 
Patta 

South America seems to be a source of 
lively Amiga shoot-em-ups of late. AmiBee, 
from Peru, is an utterly charming (if 
unfinished) clone of the TurboGraphX's 
fabled vertical-scroller TwinBee. Profession- 
ally produced, crazy playable (a touch of 
Flying Shark here) and as cute as a whole 
drawer full of buttons, this is the best 
shareware blaster I've seen in ages. I'm only 
sorry there isn't more to this version (0.85). 

It's also been a long time since I've 
seen a horizontal shooter that wasn't ... 
well, the usual sort of horizontal shooter. 
But Razor, from Brazil, has a little some- 
thing extra. I'm not sure if it's the melting 
quality to the volcanic backdrop or the 
responsive controls or having a "boss" 
level. But they come together nicely, and 



author De Patta promises vertical-scrolling 
levels in the full game. (And I hope it's 
going to get a little harder!) 

Rush Hour 

Andreas Spreen 

Now, here's a great little rtme-waster. 
Based on an old C64 game called Traffic, 
Rush Hour puts you in charge of the traffic 
lights in various US cities. You've got to 
keep the cars flowing by judicious pointing 
and clicking. If nine collect at any one light, 
or 25 anywhere on the level (there are 47), 
you're fired. 

This is a palpable reminder of the 
virtues of simplicity. It's multi-featured — 
multi-tasking and multi-player — without 
ever becoming a burden and engrossing 
without actually taking up much time. And 
extra touches like bonus cars and traffic 
light robots keep things interesting without 
making them seem complicated. Simply a 
beautiful piece of work. 

M.A.M.E. 

The newest twist in retro gaming, 
M.A.M.E. — for Multi-Arcade Machine 
Emulator — lets you play classic stand-up 
games of the early '80s. It's being ported to 
the IBM, Mac, Unix and two separate 
Amiga versions are underway — one (by 
Jonathan Belson) in the UK, the other (by 
Mats Eirik Hansen) in Norway. Both have 
reached a functional state, and I had a 
chance to experiment with the 040/060 
version of Hansen's port. 

The good news: It works — sort of. 
After a few gurus and black-screen lockups 
— most apparently over incompatibilities 
between a given game and the current 
M.A.M.E. version — I was pleasantly 
surprised to find a game Lntro scrolling, in 
full color, up a narrow vertical Workbench 
window. And, with much waiting and 
hammering of keys, I was able to play it 
after a fashion. 

Unfortunately, games run at dismal 
speed even on an 060/50 system. At this 
early stage (v.0.24.4), M.A.M.E. is probably 
too slow to be anything more than an 
interesting hack. 

M.A.M.E. also has a basic problem not 
uncommon to emulators: The ROM images 
(which don't accompany the emulator) are 
copyrighted and you're not supposed to 
have one unless you have the original 
arcade machine — which means approxi- 
mately no one is on firm legal ground when 
playing games under M.A.M.E. Not exactly 
my idea of relaxation. 

That's all for now! Stay tuned for more 
next issue. 

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Reviewed by Nick Cook 

The drumbeat for the Internet has 
increased to an almost deafening 
thump. The Net has become a major 
sales pitch for man}' computer makers 
and on-line ser\'ices. Marketing max'ens 
ha\'e pushed the angle that not being 
on-line is roughly equivalent to being 
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or Susie, wearing one of those "golly 
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latest information on dinosaurs or 
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That's the hype. The reality is just a 
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another matter. Researching on-line is 
like visiting a library after an earth- 
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nized pile on the floor, and you have to 
go tfirough each one to find what you 
want. 

Daniel J. Barrett, known to many 
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Online. This is not a Net "Yellow Pages"; 
rather, it is a collection of strategies on 
how to conduct online research more 
effectively. Chapters cover topics such 
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people or places, mailing lists, finding 
freely distributable software, and 
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educated guesses. 

The beginning chapters aptly 
introduce the benefits and frustrations 
of online information searching. 
Chapter One includes a critical, and 
often overlooked, caution: just because 
something comes off the Internet, it 
doesn't mean it is accurate. Barrett 
devotes a solid two pages addressing 
the issue. 

Those familiar with the Net can 
skip Chapter Two, the now obligatory 
"what is the Internet" explanation. 



However, Barrett's analogy of the 
Uniform Resource Locator (URL) and a 
library's Dewey Decimal System isn't 
quite right (here's a nitpick: the number 
used in the example appears to be a 
Library of Congress number, not a 
Dewey). He writes that ". . . we don't 
need to understand the meaning of each 
Dewey Decimal number, . ." Maybe not 
each number, but understanding that 
history is shelved in 970s means we can 
immediately go to that section of the 
stacks and find history books, instead of 
starting at the 000s and inching our way 
up. The same can't be said for URLs. 

Barrett clearly discusses the 
strengths and weaknesses of several 
research starting points, such as search 
engines, specialized Web sites. Fre- 
quently Asked Questions (FAQ), 
discussion groups and intuition (i.e., 
good guessing). His chapter on Web 
search engines is excellent. Seven 
different strategies are giv'en, and the 
effecti'i'e use of query languages (for 
example, AND, OR, NOT, NEAR) is laid 
out concisely. Following these tech- 
niques helped me whittle thousands of 
"hits" returned by Alta Vista down to a 
more reasonable twenty. It would be 
wonderful if the publisher provided a 
"tear out" sheet of the query language 
chart in the book; 1 usually prop the 
open book between my keyboard and 
CPU. Barrett's tips on how to guess a 
URL is also helpful. Recently, I wanted 
an address at work which sat on my 
home Amiga. I used Barrett's guessing 
hints and found the correct site in just 
two tries, certainly faster than using a 
search engine to locate it. 

Once you get the information, let's 
say a Web site, it is a simple matter to 
"bookmark" it for future reference. 
Well, maybe not. The Web is in a state of 
constant change, with sites coming and 
going daily. You may find yourself with 
a bookmark — and no place to go. 
Barrett offers good hints at finding a 
missing page, such as backing up to the 



main URL (e.g., tr)' "http:// 
■s\T\rsv .billybobs.com" if "http;// 
www.billybobs.com/info/fishingbait" 
suddenly disappears). He also has an 
interesting solution to vanishing Web 
sites: download the Web page (assum- 
ing you have hard drive space), and 
create a local page. Link the saved Web 
pages to your local page. Barrett 
outlines the procedure, along with a 
bare smattering of HTML. You'll 
probablv need to find more assistance 
on HTML, but his idea is certainly a 
clever one. 

Other chapters cover mailing lists, 
how to find people or places, file 
transfer protocol (FTP), Archie and 
Gopher. Each is clearly written, 
supported with diagrams and, most 
helpfully, tables. The book is indexed, 
and contains an appendix of some 
useful Web sites. 

A little more discussion of commer- 
cial online resources would have been 
nice. Granted, these tend to change and 
may cost extra, but they usually include 
online encyclopedias and news data- 
bases. The old standby telnet also 
received short shrift. For example, one 
of my favorite ways of creating an initial 
bibliography for a writing project is to 
search the Library of Congress' book 
catalog via telnet. Hey, if the Library of 
Congress doesn't have a title on a 
particular topic, it probably isn't 
important! 

The Internet won't replace tradi- 
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